House of Hope Decent healthcare for the HomelessWho We AreHouse of Hope is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable. During the last twenty years, the organisation has undertaken the most difficult task of providing assistance to the underserved. However, House of Hope is more than just a non-profit organisation: it is a home with a complete family of more than 100 volunteers and paid workers who are dedicated to helping the homeless receive decent health care, rebuild their lives and achieve their potential. With the various services that we offer, including health care and counselling, House of Hope touches the lives of more than one thousand Australians each year within Western Australia.
Since its inception, House of Hope has supported the country’s most helpless, homeless families and individuals. Our aim is not only to help physically, but also to touch the body, mind, and hearts, and ultimately the spirits of those who depend on our services, while incorporating highly effective services and programs in our deep compassion. We have more than 100 volunteers across the state who assist in delivering these life-changing services.
The name House of Hope was picked during the formative stage of the organisation. It signifies that we are a family committed to giving hope in a setting that resembles that of a home. Hence, our objective is to ensure that no individual we serve lacks decent healthcare services at any given time and that they acquire the mental and spiritual motivation to make the best out of their lives. Since it started, House of Hope has provided medicine, food, and counselling to those who need them and volunteering has been core to the success of the organisation.
How to Reach Us: Contact Info+61041234567What the Organisation Stands For The homeless people come from different backgrounds, and their reasons for lacking housing are varied as well. Anyone can become homeless depending on the circumstances. Many people think that only drug addicts and the mentally disabled people who have no families are homeless. However, that is not true because some people become homeless because they lost their jobs, family, house or car, lack or employment, divorce, or even death of a family member (Government of Western Australian, 2010).
House of Hope believes that everyone has the right to quality healthcare regardless of his or her status. On average, the organisation provides health care services to over 1000 people who cannot access ordinary services because of their homeless status. The organisation aims to have a network of clinics across the state run by devoted volunteer clinicians who are passionate about making health services accessible to marginalised and homeless people. House of Hope believes in establishing a respite centre that is dedicated to addressing the health needs of homeless people when they do not need the full, costly services of a hospital, yet they are too weak to live on the streets.
House of Hope also believes in having a collaborative education and research unit focused on escalating the international knowledge base of interventions that are effective in improving the health of homeless people while at the same time providing revolutionary professional development on social interventions and evidence-based health to help homeless people. The organisation also believes that the government need to be committed to providing sustainable financial assistance for homeless people’s health services. Who We Help According to the 2011 census, Australia had 105,237 people experiencing homelessness.
This equates to about 0.5% of the population and includes children, families, adults, and entire families. This means that at least one in every 200 Australians is homeless, an increase from 45:10,000 to 49:10,000 or 17% between 2006 and 2010 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012). This population comprise of those living on the streets, transitional housing, shelters, or even on other people’s couches.
In the streets, they could be living in abandoned cars or buildings, on benches, under bridges, and in tents (Flatau, Thielking, MacKenzie, & Steen, 2015). Some do not know where their next meal will come from or where they will sleep at night. While some are unemployed, some are employed but cannot afford housing, some are immigrants, and some are victims of bad luck or loss (Government of Western Australian, 2010). This group of people get sick but cannot get assistance because they are the poorest in the society and cannot afford life’s simplest tasks.
For some reasons, such as government policies, these individuals lack access to opportunities that can help them get affordable housing and medical care. The Needs We Address In Our Target PopulationPhysical Health NeedsMedical Care: our team of professional doctors, nurses, and healthcare assistants offer primary care to homeless children, youth, adults, and families. Convalescent Care: House of Hope has an emergency shelter in downtown Perth where medical providers and social workers provide a medical respite program for the homeless, where individuals can recuperate once they have been discharged from hospital after undergoing surgery or suffering acute illness.