A new home for BreezeWay

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September 19, 2019

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Where people move from crisis to stability

For over 20 years, people in the Ballarat community looking for a hot meal and a warm welcome have found both at BreezeWay. People facing or experiencing homelessness find shelter, a safe place to be themselves and make the changes they want in their lives.

Each day, 75 people walk through the doors of BreezeWay seeking support for what are often complex needs, which can include housing, mental health issues and addiction. 365 days a year, we offer them the care they need to find strength to make positive changes in their lives.

Now, BreezeWay has outgrown its premises and plans are underway to move to a new space.

Our generous partners

In partnership with Alfredton Rotary Club, Uniting has received a $180,000 Victorian Government ‘Pick My Project’ grant to move to larger premises. This was achieved through overwhelming community support, with people in Ballarat voting on which projects they wanted to receive the grants. 

However, the scale of the dream meant that additional funding was required. Fortunately, The Oliver Foundation stepped in to bridge the gap.

Oliver Foundation and Alfredton Rotary Club member, Jillian Oliver, says BreezeWay was the perfect fit.

“Helping the region’s growing homeless population is something we’ve been passionate about for a long time,” says Jillian. “After meeting with the local Uniting team, we were given some practical ideas on how we could assist. BreezeWay topped the list.”

A great new space

Our new space improves disability access and allows support for more people. A larger kitchen space means the program can offer training to people who access the service.

“By providing education and training opportunities, we hope people will gain the skills they need to work towards stability,” says Jillian.

We’d like to send a huge thank you to the Oliver Foundation, the Alfredton Rotary Club and those individuals and businesses working behind the scenes to make the move a reality.

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