homeless community services
Morning and night, 365 days of the year, the Mission opens its doors to provide hospitality and social interaction for Central Auckland’s homeless community. Offering hot drinks and donated food, our Community Drop-in Centre is a safe, welcoming environment where people can ask for help, re-build networks, develop social skills or simply spend time.
Stephen* has been sleeping rough for a number of years. His family have all moved overseas and he battles substance abuse, physical and mental health issues. The Mission has helped Stephen in various ways; however he says the sense of community provided by the Mission’s Activities Programme has made the biggest difference to his general wellbeing. Stephen is a member of the Homeless Committee, something which he says has given him a focus and a sense of responsibility. He recently helped to organise a hangi for the Mission’s homeless clients, which was a huge success.
The Mission’s Community Drop-in Centre is located at 140 Hobson Street in the Auckland CBD.
The Mission runs a comprehensive activities programme, connecting ho
meless people back into the community and contributing to developing their sense of identity and self-worth and teaching them new skills.
These activities and workshops are primarily led by volunteers and subjects range from drama, photography and pottery, to carving, fishing, cooking and gardening. Feedback on these activities has been overwhelmingly positive, with many clients opting to participate in more than one.
*Client’s name has been changed for privacy reasons