Gethsemane works with appropriate State and Community agencies, in a form of practical partnership, when issues arise in regard to mental wellbeing.
2017 Figures and Issues

2017 Figures and Issues

Size of the Challenge

In 2016, these were the figures and some outline of how Gethsemane Christmas Project tried to respond and bring some joy, some level of dignity to people who often feel not only neglected but not worthy of respect.

Gethsemane volunteers packed parcels for 42 facilities with 369 residents and for 19 people living independently with support.

The facilities were:
• 7 boarding houses for people with disabilities
• 27 group homes
• 34 aged care facilities

7 schools packed parcels for 26 facilities with 467 residents without family
1 school packed parcels for 42 people in the Sutherland area and in Fairfield
1 school packed parcels for 38 people in the Southern Highlands

855 people received up to 10 Christmas cards each.

Toiletry packs and food and gift hampers were made up for 345 clients of 4 different health teams.
Double washing basket hampers of festive food were made up for residents of 7 boarding houses for people with disabilities.
70 people with disabilities came to lunch on Christmas Day

There have been further requests for 2017 as we are considering our resources to meet all these needs.
We ask you to support this work as many of these people especially those suffering with mental health problems are not remembered, even at Christmas.


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