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 clients (men) 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 ($130/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 Nightshelter provides temporary accommodation but also wants to support homeless people to be able to improve their health and wellbeing and gain permanent housing.
The Nightshelter collaborates with other groups working with homeless people and assists residents to maintain tenancies once they have moved into independent accommodation through followup visits and ongoing support to ensure changes made and connections to other support agencies are permanent. Sometimes we have former residents 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 homeless clients at any one time. This service is available to priority Nightshelter clients to assist them to improve their health and wellbeing.
Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre – Wellington’s ‘Soup Kitchen’. A number of existing and former residents 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 clients, from social work support to food bank access to furniture upon obtaining independent accommodation again.