In a world like ours, particularly in a country such as Australia, no-one should ever have to endure the loss of a basic human right such as shelter for themselves and their family.
According to the 2006 ABS census (This years figures aren't yet available) 105,000 people in Australia are homeless on any given night.
Of these 105,000 people, 26% were families.
That means that on any given night 26,790 people of those homeless people are members of families that have nowhere permanent to live.
That equates to 7483 families with nowhere to call home.
Homelessness, for most people is invisible...
We all walk past that guy on George St. begging for money without blinking an eye, but look around you and you would be surprised. The person standing in the line in front of you at your local supermarket could be struggling with homelessness without you even realising.
There are numerous organisations which provide a limited number of crisis shelters to accommodate homeless families but sometimes, it is not enough to help these families maintain their identity. These families no longer feel like they are a functioning part of society and start becoming a statistic.
That's where The TreeHouse can help.
Our purpose and goal is to help reduce the stress and trauma of homelessness by giving people some normality throughout the hard times. By providing them with the simple things in life that we all take for granted and by giving them happiness and hope where they feel there might not be any.
If you are a company or an individual that provides goods and services that you feel may benefit these families then we want to hear from you.. Even if you're not 100% sure how you can help.
We're looking for builders to help us help others so if you feel you can help then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
A little bit of sunshine goes a long way for these families and may just be that one small thing that makes these families shine.
Please spread the word and let people know that things need to change.
If we can change things in our own backyard then who knows what we can do with the rest of the world.