Chris Farrelly
The Auckland City Mission - Helping Aucklanders in Desperate Need
 
 
 
The Auckland City Mission was established in 1920, when World War 1 desimated our male population resulting in one quarter of all our working males being killed or seriously injured.  This necessitated the start of the City Mission under the auspices of the Anglican Church.
 
Today, the City Mission provides many services which include:
 
Homeless Services
One of the key focus areas is the support of those who are homeless, especially those sleeping rough on Auckland's inner-city streets.
In the last year, the City Mission have rehoused 95 of the longest term homeless people.  
 
Calder Health Centre
This Centre is open to the general public and specialises in providing accessible and affordable care to the homeless, families and individuals in crisis, clients with mental health concerns and those with alcohol and other drug addictions.
 
Social Detoxification Service
The Mission provides a range of services for people struggling with addiction, including assessments, a residential social detoxification centre and a team of Community Alcohol and Drug Workers.  The support includes before detox, throughout detox and ongoing support.  At present, detox beds have a waiting time of three months.
 
Distribution Service
Clothing, furniture and houselhold goods are collected, sorted and distributed to families.  Items that are suprlus to the needs of the Mission's clients are sold through their New Beginnings op-shops, with proceeds helping to fund the Mission's social services.
 
The Distribution Centre team also collect and sort bulk donations for the Mission's Foodlink programme and pack thousands of emergency food parcels each year.  
 
The Auckland City Mission is undergoing a new development - 'HomeGround' on the Mission's Hobson Street site.  This will include 80 supportive housing units with onsite wrap around health and support services to address many of the factors which contribute to homelessness.
The new facility's completion will coincide with the Mission's centenary in 2020.
 
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