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A $27,500 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has helped Coast Shelter to ramp up its winter support for homeless and vulnerable Central Coast residents just in time for the harshest part of the year for those living rough.

Wednesday, 12 July, 2017.

A $27,500 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has helped Coast Shelter to ramp up its winter support for homeless and vulnerable Central Coast residents just in time for the harshest part of the year for those living rough.

Coast Shelter used the grant to help refit and repurpose the former Gosford City Men’s Shed facility behind the Coast Community Centre, including creating a substantial storage facility to accommodate increasing food donations which the Shelter receives from local partner organisations and community.

Coast Shelter Executive Officer, Laurie Maher, said the Shelter has had to expand its storage capacity to meet the needs of the Coast’s most vulnerable residents, who face significant hardship through the cold of winter.

"Each year the Coast Community Centre serves around 50,000 meals more than 1,000 food hampers to homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people in the Gosford and Central Coast community, as well as distributing blankets, sleeping bags and swags to help those in need cope with the coldest time of the year," Mr Maher said.

"To do this we rely on the amazing support of local food manufacturers and retailers. This has grown so much in recent years that we needed to expand our storage facility, and Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation’s grant was the only way we could fund the work needed to do this."

Coast Shelter is one of the Central Coast’s most recognised community organisations, and we’re very proud to support a project which increases its capacity to do what it does so well – providing services and resources which can literally change the life of some of our most vulnerable neighbours.

Charitable Foundation acting Chairman, Jennifer Leslie

Charitable Foundation and Coast Shelter Employees

Charitable Foundation acting Chairman, Jennifer Leslie, commended Coast Shelter for its history of meeting the needs of disadvantaged people throughout the Central Coast.

"Coast Shelter is one of the Central Coast’s most recognised community organisations, and we’re very proud to support a project which increases its capacity to do what it does so well – providing services and resources which can literally change the life of some of our most vulnerable neighbours," Ms Leslie said.

"The grant to Coast Shelter is an investment in the social infrastructure serving the Central Coast community. This is core to the Charitable Foundation’s vision of strengthening regional communities by improving the lives of those who are marginalised or disadvantaged."

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