The Toowoomba community has come together to support Protea Place, a safe day space for women experiencing homelessness.
Toowoomba Community Engagement Officer Kat Murphy and her colleagues at the Department of Human Services have donated sanitary products and good quality work clothes to help build confidence and show vulnerable women they matter.
Kat was impressed by the new centre, run by the Toowoomba Women’s Collective, when she first discovered it at this year’s Toowoomba Homelessness Week Expo.
“One the fastest growing groups of people experiencing homelessness is middle-aged single women,” Kat said.
“This group has a unique set of barriers to finding accommodation and it’s great that here in Toowoomba we have an organisation dedicated to helping them.”
Amanda Dalton from the Toowoomba Women’s Collective could see services just weren’t available for vulnerable women in her region – and she decided to do something about it. She said every donation they receive is something they don’t have buy, which means more money to spend on Protea Place.
“The donations from Kat and the Toowoomba Service Centre staff make a huge difference,” Amanda said.
“Our goal is to create a safe day space for women experiencing housing crisis by offering access to things like showers, toiletries and laundry facilities. All those costs add up.