Homelessness is one of the main concerns of the world in almost every country. According to the records, many people do not have a home due to illness or because they have lost their jobs and have no proper income to afford a home. When they have terrible health conditions, they cannot start working to earn a living. That is why they cannot afford health care and housing, a never-ending cycle.
The homeless people do not have a place to stay permanently, so they sleep on the streets at night. They cover themselves with newspaper or a cardboard box. They check out all the trash cans to find food or warmer clothes to wear. So, this charity service decided to help people in such situations, which is a great act of kindness.
Seeing these innocent people suffer from horrible living conditions, the Australian charity service Beddown plans to help the people in need, especially those who live on the streets without shelter. They were innovative in developing an idea to make shelters in places not occupied during the nighttime. So, the parking lots were the coolest and the most ideal out of all the sites. The organization got the consent of Secure Parking, which is one of the largest car park operators in Brisbane, and they agreed to launch a two-week trial.
Before the launch, it was just a messy car park. But the team at Bedding Charity turned it into a more appealing place. The kind volunteers got together with the team and were able to make a change in the space. They created a safe environment for the homeless people.
The initial idea was from the founder of the charity service; he came up with this incredible thought while walking in an empty parking lot. It seemed to be the perfect spot for a night shelter for people experiencing homelessness. They have made this space into a night shelter with careful planning and renovations. The main aim was to take the familiar public places that were bustling in the daytime and turn them into a haven for people experiencing homelessness at night. It will surely provide a safe and secure location for homeless people to get a good night’s rest.
Many of the homeless people suffer from not enough sleep as they do not have a shelter to stay. It has also caused many other sicknesses like depression, diabetes and, hypertension, obesity. Memory loss and many more. Also, it impairs cognitive function, and addiction to alcohol and drugs is another problem that constantly leads them to theft and often gets stolen even if they have minimal provisions with them.
The charity also provides other services to doctors, nurses, dentists, and hairdressers. People experiencing homelessness were given new clothes and places to have a body wash or bath. And they were provided with many other social services for welfare.
The charity organization aims to look into the matters related to these homeless people in terms of bedding and shelter, as well as the related issues and sicknesses. They are striving hard to solve these issues as much as possible. After all, securing a comfortable place to sleep for these homeless people is beautiful.
Below are some of the initial things that they implemented:
- 41 slots occupied during the pilot run
- 77% of males and 23 % of females could sleep well at night.
- Many rated the sleep 4.5 out of 5 and beds 4.5 out of 5 on average.
- Almost all of them felt safe during their sleep.
- They had to turn down the request of 9 people due to overcapacity.
- The youngest who tried this was a 15-year-old boy.
The founder of this charity service thanked all the volunteers for helping make this attempt a reality. And they will be further collaborating with partners to overcome the other challenges and provide a long-term solution for this group of helpless people.
It was very inspiring to see the comments of the people who saw this incredible act of kindness and the words of those who used this shelter.