Lonely. Isolated. Sad. Depressed. Fearful. Exhausted. Futureless.
These are some of the feelings our homeless and at-risk community identifies with. Some people have been on the streets a few weeks or months, others several years, some most of their lives. Some are teetering on the brink of ending up on the street. Overwhelmingly, the most common thought among them is “I don’t know…”
… Where I’ll sleep tonight
… Whether I’ll eat today
… If I’ll be safe, wherever I am
… If they’ll find me – and hurt me
… If I’ll ever find a home or somewhere of my own
… If someone will ever employ me
… If I’ll ever have a future worth having
… If anyone even cares
… If anyone even sees me
With some 105,000 people – one in every 200 – homeless in Australia, that’s an awful lot of people feeling they have bleak futures.
But organisations like Mama Lana’s Community Foundation strive to assist homeless and at-risk people in finding a happier, safer, more positive future.
While MLCF’s original goal was to provide hot, nutritious meals, food packs and toiletry packs, we have now evolved into an organisation that assists with finding temporary housing, coordinating professional help with domestic violence, mental health or addiction issues, and often simply forging connections of trust which enable our patrons to be open and honest with us, or accept the help they ordinarily wouldn’t.
We sincerely hope to help our patrons change their life outcomes from I don’t know to:
I am safe
I am happy
I am worth it
To those patrons: We hear you, we see you, we would like to help you
 Australian Bureau of Statistics – Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness 2012