Chris has been a volunteer for Anglicare Victoria’s Homeless Breakfast Program at St Peter’s Anglican Church since 2005.
Can you tell us a little about how you became involved with Anglicare Victoria?
I started going to St Peter’s Eastern Hill Anglican Parish and I worked in Collingwood at the time. I saw that they had the breakfast program going and I asked if they needed any helped- and they did! About four years ago, I was looking for a few hours of paid work as well and I started working at St Peter’s and St Mark’s Fitzroy as a Homeless Support Worker. I also donate to Anglicare regularly.
Did you have a moment when you realised how much of a difference you were making?
I don’t have one particular moment, it’s pretty clear at the breakfast that all the clients need support and I feel happy I can help give it to them. To be honest, I hardly have time to chat to the clients these days because the number of people that come to the breakfast has more than doubled in the 13 years I have been doing it. It used to be 30 or so people back then, but now we serve around 80 clients every morning.
What would you tell someone about why they should get involved with Anglicare Victoria?
It is really making a difference and helping people. I think it’s the right thing to do, to help people less fortunate. Most of the clients I see won’t have breakfast if it wasn’t for Anglicare Victoria. It’s a great organisation, in addition to working with those experiencing homelessness, Anglicare also work closely with children and families. It really is doing so much.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am actually involved with a few other non-profit organisations and I also like to go to the gym. Between all of that, it keeps me pretty busy.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Anglicare Victoria, please phone 1800 809 722.