PORT Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services (PSFaNS) acknowledges that there is a great number of people in need within the community.
PSFaNS is a strong advocate for social wellbeing and has formed close partnerships with government and non-government agencies to enhance outcomes and social conditions in the community, particularly in respect of vulnerable groups and individuals.
These partnerships include Raymond Terrace Laundromat, which will wash and dry the clothes of any homeless person who drops by.
The wonderful teams from The Nappy Collective, Wings and Strings, and Friends with Dignity will collect, sort and deliver donations to PSFaNS.
Volunteers from the community play a key role on the PSFaNS emergency relief fund team in providing financial assistance to those who need it.
With the weather turning colder the beautiful quilts knitted by the Raymond Terrace Quilters offer a warm hug. These quilts help those who feel unsafe and unloved, feel warm and cared for, while the Baylife Church makes gorgeous gift packs for young parents.
The team from the Parish Pantry at St John’s church make up food hampers every Monday. Bakers Delight donate bread for anyone to call in and collect a loaf, Oz Harvest delivers supermarket surplus every Monday which is portioned out to those who need it and Banjos Bakery deliver bread products twice a week just because they want to give back to the community.
The View club ladies prepare sandwiches weekly for kids who arrive at school without breakfast or lunch.
Free soup is available at the neighbourhood centre in Jacaranda Avenue, Raymond Terrace on Wednesdays.
There are many more examples of community contributions, individuals offering donations and Port Stephens businesses nominating PSFaNS as their beneficiary for fundraising efforts.
Every action contributes. Even the little hotel soaps and shampoos are collected donated by staff and community from their personal trips where the staff make little gift packages.
PSFaNS rely on grants and donations to keep their large range of free services available. If you would like to get involved, phone 4987 4674.