Warilla North

Our Warilla North centre is the central caring hub of the community.

Respecting every person as an individual, this is a safe and welcoming place where people living with disadvantage can address key issues including social and financial exclusion, mental health challenges, drug and alcohol dependence,and housing needs.

Families are welcome here also, because too often it is an entire family who is affected by disadvantage. Children come together and parents form friendships of understanding and compassion, overcoming feelings of isolation and finding hope in community.

This is the place people depend on as a symbol of hope, in a life that can be filled with chaos and suffering. This is where loving your neighbour is put into action.

What we do

Low Interest Loans

Giving people a fair go with a loan they can afford to pay

StepUP low interest loans are a fair and affordable option for families and individuals on low incomes, who require funds for personal and household expenses up to the value of $3000. Alternative options such as payday lenders or loan sharks provide little to no help in breaking the cycle of debt, and by the time interest is paid, the value of the loan can increase by up to 400%. Families and individuals receiving government benefits or who have a marked credit history also come up against barriers when they seek loans through traditional channels, such as banks, so StepUP gives them a fair go and provides them with a loan they can afford to repay.

No Interest Loans

Giving individuals and families access to safe and affordable loans

Our No Interest Loans are absolutely free of interest, fees, charges or penalties. They’re about giving individuals and families access to safe and affordable loans for everyday items such as white goods, car repairs, school uniforms, computers and medical bills.

People with poor credit history, or a string of bad debt and no spare cash, really struggle to find the funds for these every day or emergency costs, which can lead to substantial hardship. This basic financial support means that individuals and families are able to look towards their future, with a loan that empowers them, rather than adding to the cycle of debt.

Supported Accommodation

BaptistCare HopeStreet provides supported accommodation to women and children who are escaping domestic violence and seeking to rebuild their lives.

It can take years to recover from the experience of living in distress every day, terrorised and vulnerable through manipulation, control and fear, and the women living with us will often spend the first few months trying to rediscover a sense of safety for their themselves and their children, while also finding a new school for their children, and possibly seeking training or employment for themselves. 

We come alongside each woman, offering individual counselling as well as a range of ongoing educational, financial and parenting programs tailored to meet their needs. We also help our clients to access government and legal support, particularly for those women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Each child attends our Break Free program, run by our specialist children’s counsellor, who supports them as they overcome the distress, sense of loss, and lingering grief experienced as a result of witnessing or being victim to domestic and family violence. The program also gives children assistance with tutoring and education.

Supported Playgroups

HopeStreet Supported Playgroups are a joyous environment created for young children and families living on the margins to connect with one another in the community and form positive friendships.

The relationships and connections made at our playgroups give families the opportunity to alleviate and overcome isolation and loneliness, and bond over the shared experience of parenting. With our team of qualified and passionate support staff,  we are also able to  determine the needs of the local families we meet, and offer them guidance and access to other support programs that may help them and their children, such as no or low interest loans, our op-shop, or referrals to external agencies.

Breakfast Program

The Good Start Breakfast Club supports children and families by providing nutritious breakfast meals for local primary school aged children.

Research tells us that eating breakfast can improve children’s behaviour and learning at school, and poor eating patterns can impair growth and development, not to mention the impact on the overall wellbeing of a child. This special program ensures that not only do children get a healthy and filling breakfast to start their day right, but families living on low incomes have one less meal to put their shopping trolley each week. As always, it’s about more than the meal; our HopeStreet breakfast team seeks to make connections with families, be a friendly face, and offer a safe place in the local community for families in need.

Op Shop

The HopeStreet Op Shop is home to the community's pre-loved goods and contains everything from music records, to homewares, clothing and children’s toys.

The sale of goods assists in financing the various social inclusion programs operating at HopeStreet, and gives local individuals and families the opportunity to purchase items at an affordable cost. We’re very much aware of the issue of increasing landfill, and believe that recycling and reusing items that others can make good use of is both environmentally responsible and practical for people living on low incomes. And with every HopeStreet location, the Op Shop is a community hub and safe place for locals to connect with each other and our team.

Our approach to Community Service

Offering hope to people living with disadvantage and distress

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Contact us

Address
2-6 Hill Street
Warilla NSW 2528
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Visiting Hours
9.00am - 4.00pm Mon to Thu