Global Care (Elevation Church), in partnership with the Salvation Army, have launched an innovative pilot project on the Gold Coast to help vulnerable mothers and their children refresh their souls, restore their dreams and renew their strength.
On the Gold Coast, women refuge shelters are currently at capacity and are turning away nine out of ten homeless mums and their children.
“There is not enough support accommodation on the Gold Coast at all for anyone who finds themselves homeless,” said Mona Nielsen, Manager of Salvation Army Still Waters support accommodation.
“To have the Besor Home within a community is a blessing as it provides a home for two families who will not have to sleep rough under a bridge or in a car tonight,” she said.
The Besor Home project began in September last year, with the Quick Fit renovation of a run-down, two unit property by an army of 258 volunteers over 6 weeks.
The renovation involved a complete interior and exterior re-paint, new fencing and decking, landscaping, plumbing and electrical re-work, new kitchens and bathrooms, and complete furnishing.
“Part of our DNA as a church is to serve our community, and Quick Fits have been our way of doing that,” said Ross Abraham, Lead Pastor of Elevation Church.
“Besor started with transforming a home, but ultimately we want to see transformed lives” he said.
Besor is a transitional home for young mothers leaving The Salvation Army’s emergency housing, with the aim of rebuilding their resilience and independence in the community.
Through allowing them to pay discounted rent, teaching them to budget and save for a bond deposit, and making sure their essentials are covered, the home helps the women to re-establish a sustainable way of living. The next step after Besor, is permanent, independent housing.
Global Care, in partnership with the Salvation Army, is involved in the ongoing running of the home through providing pastoral support and connection to the church community.
“Part of our church’s passion is vulnerable young mothers, and this is something we can do to help them in their time of transition,” said Andy Backhouse, Community Pastor, Elevation Church. “We wanted to provide something that would help the women feel valued and loved, and to offer them educational and practical opportunities and social connection with the church, as appropriate.”
One of the units houses a mum and her young daughter. The other unit houses a mum and her newborn son. One mum is now involved in Elevation Church and attends a life group. The other has expressed interest and will be involved shortly.
Elevation Church sees this house as the first of many.
“This partnership is working well and I couldn’t think of a better organisation to partner with than The Salvation Army,” said Andy Backhouse. “We want to edify and mature that work here on the Gold Coast through Besor Home, and dream about expanding from here.”
For more information, please visit: elevationchurch.com.au/about us/community