People have to start somewhere.
"We have to encourage and educate, both rough sleepers, our community and services who should provide care. We must relax our criteria, take lessons in meaningful engagement, and have a 'talk to me, tell me anything, you are safe with me' tattoo on our foreheads. When this information is given to us we must follow through, take more time, follow up, remain interested, remain empathetic and compassionate."
Tauranga's Mens shelter provides a warm safe whare for all men who find themselves homeless.
"They come with severe addiction issues, mental health issues, past trauma, abandonment, legal/judicial issues, behavioural issues, capacity issues, physical health issues, cultural and spiritual disconnection. After 5 years working in this environment I can assure the community that the shelter does provide a comprehensive service that meets so many individual needs. We leave no stone un-turned to make a difference in these vulnerable lives."
The service we provide is dictated by the individual needs of each person that presents.
"Many people have undergone community detox in our whare, where they have been clinically/medically assessed as safe to do so. This is called a community detox and is supported by the appropriately trained clinicians. We work with addiction services and with GP's, WBOP PHO, Hospital Services to ensure client safety and good health. If a hospital detox is required, we present our clients to the appropriate clinicians and advocate for this to happen as quickly as a bed comes available."