Gethsemane works with appropriate State and Community agencies, in a form of practical partnership, when issues arise in regard to mental wellbeing.
A Group Most Easily Forgotten

A Group Most Easily Forgotten

With the aid of a grant from the MacKillop Foundation , we were able to respond to a very needy group who are under the care of the The Mobile Assertive Treatment (MAT) team, based in Camperdown.

These people have complex mental and general health and often addiction issues. They often live in small bedsits; have little family contact and have difficulty managing the amount of their pension left after paying rent. They are, therefore, often short of food, and rarely can afford items such as toiletries. The MAT team provides comprehensive medical and supportive care.

For Christmas 2014, we prepared gift bags of a complete range of toiletries, two pairs of socks and two packets of lollies for 42 men and 25 women. These were distributed first. Closer to Christmas, we packed hampers of general and festive food, along with a range of personal gifts

Parcels for the Crisis Team

This year, thanks partly to the MacKillop Foundation support, we were also able to respond to a request to provide the same toiletry packs and food and gift hampers for 25 men and 20 women who are clients of the Marrickville Crisis Team. These people are experiencing an acute phase of their mental illness but will return to stable health.

Members of both teams told us of the surprise and joy these hampers brought to their clients.
One recipient sent us a note saying:

Dear Hamper Lady
Just before Christmas, my case worker brought me one of your hampers. It was a fantastic surprise. I particularly liked the socks, coffee and puddings. It was such a lovely gesture. You brightened my Christmas . And thank you for the necklace.

The whole pack was amazing. So thank you for your kindness.It has not gone unnoticed!
Thanks again,

 

 

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