What We Do
We provide 3 levels of support for men experiencing homelessness in Wellington:
- stage 1: dormitory style accommodation
- stage 2: hostel room accommodation
- stage 3: community support
Stage 1: dormitory ($10/night)
Dormitory services include a bed for the night, shower facilities, clothes washed, cup of tea. Occasionally some light food is donated and made available.
We provide a first point of contact for guests (men), who are often in crisis situations. Ideally giving the recipient a good night’s rest and a chance to start the self-care process again.
We aim to waive the service charge if the client has no verifiable form of income.
Stage 2: hostel ($80/week)
Hostel services provide a single room, and experience of semi-independent living with shared facilities.
Hostel services include wraparound social service work interventions which start to support the clients in addressing issues around why they are homeless, and to help them rebuild life skills in preparation for moving back into the housing market.
This service is supported in particular by the placement of our in-house social worker, who works in conjunction with other support agencies.
Stage 3: community support
The Wellington Night Shelter provides temporary accommodation but also wants to support men experiencing homelessness to be able to improve their health and well-being and gain permanent housing.
The Wellington Night Shelter collaborates with other groups working with men experiencing homelessness and assists guests to maintain tenancies once they have moved into independent accommodation through follow-up visits and ongoing support to ensure changes made and connections to other support agencies are permanent. Sometimes we have former guests return to simply catch-up and let us know how they are going.
Other agencies we work with
Te Roopu Aramuka Wharoaroa – a Capital Coast District Health Board strengths-based co-ordination service that works closely with approximately 12 clients experiencing homelessness at any one time. This service is available to priority Wellington Night Shelter clients to assist them to improve their health and well-being.
Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre – Wellington’s ‘Soup Kitchen’. A number of existing and former guests will engage with the Soup Kitchen for meals and support.
St. Vincent de Paul Society-Wellington, Salvation Army Hope Centre, DCM – key agencies each providing levels of advocacy and support for our guests, from social work support to food bank access to furniture upon obtaining independent accommodation again.