Donate now and give those in need access to new clothes
The way we feel about ourselves is often directly linked to our appearance. Circumstances and disadvantages should not prevent people from accessing new clothes that make them feel good – something most of us take for granted.
Our Thread Together team are currently receiving referrals from agencies such as;
– AnglicareSA’s emergency assistance teams, including the Magdalene Centre
– Ames Australia, a settlement agency for refugees and migrants
– Oars – supporting community transitions through crime prevention
– Junction Community Centre – working in community and engagement
Your donation will help boost the confidence of people like Eric and Maria, whose stories we have shared below, as we support them to move forward with their lives.
How your donation can make a real difference
“When Eric* first turned to AnglicareSA he was experiencing homelessness. He had no possessions… only the clothes he was wearing,” said Nicola Lynch, the Thread Together Program Coordinator.
“After visiting the Thread Together Hub, we were able to assist with new clothes, shoes, socks and underwear to get him back on his feet.”
Many people have stories like Eric’s. They just need a temporary helping hand. Our program can do that by giving them clothes to help with their confidence as they re-engage with their community. In the four years since the program started, AnglicareSA’s Thread Together has helped over 10,000 individuals with essential items such as shoes and clothing. There have been many success stories, however community need still exceeds our social support systems. To keep helping those who slip through the safety net, we need the support of people like you.
Maria* was referred to Thread Together by AnglicareSA’s Arches program, which provides short-term bail accommodation for alleged offenders as an alternative to being remanded in custody.
We also support men and women like Maria to maintain links to their family, employment and other services while transitioning to long term accommodation.
Maria came to the Thread Together van wearing only a nightie, she had no shoes or other clothes with her and was due to attend the Elizabeth Magistrates Court. The Thread Together team immediately addressed her urgent need for clothing.
Maria did not say much but what she did say spoke volumes – “Thank you, I’ve never worn anything brand new… and this is nice.”
Thread Together is about more than just supplying clothing – it’s about addressing the complexity of disadvantage. Wearing clothes that make you feel good can change the way you interact with others and give you the confidence to face life’s challenges.
*Names and identities have been changed to protect privacy.