FHMI reaches out to both local and remote communities by a simple method of going where the people are, which may be city parks, sporting venues or Indigenous communities, and holding free, family friendly events that are fun and create an opportunity to connect to others. Outreaches are about touching lives with the powerful truth of your own experience. Our team members share how God changed their life and turned it into a message of hope that helps others and connects people within a diverse community. These outreaches make way for openly sharing about life issues that are usually hidden due to the shame associated with the struggles. When we address the issues openly with love and compassion, it helps others to feel understood and emboldens them to share about their own challenges and bravely receive help.
Why We Reach Out
More and more women are affected by domestic family violence, substance abuse, and subsequently; homelessness. It is necessary for FHMI to reach out to the community in order to bridge the gap between those suffering and those who genuinely care and are able to support them and walk with them through the journey to recovery with the goal being emotional, spiritual and physical well-being for the women and families who connect to FHMI.
Quality individual and family support is vital to creating a strong, safe community. When people feel supported in their own personal struggles, they have a greater tolerance and patience for other’s who are struggling. An individual who overcomes their challenges has compassion and understanding for others who are struggling, which may include their partner, children, extended family and neighbours. Shared community experience through outreach helps people to realise they are not alone. This change in perspective impacts a family in a positive way which in turn, impacts the community. Every person, whatever their age, has a desire to feel loved, accepted, welcome and safe within their community. By engaging in and serving the individuals and families in our local community, we create a network of people who are connected and care for each other.
How Can I Get Involved?
COLLECTION & DONATION OF CARE ITEMS
We need individuals to donate or coordinate donation of the following items to go in our Care Packs which assist women and children affected by Domestic Family Violence. Please contact Michelle, our Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise for donation drop off or collection.
- Travel size toiletries for women/children
- wet wipes & nappies
- Noodle cups & soups
- Muesli bars
- Snack size chip/biscuit packs
- Colouring or activity books (ages 2-10)
- Crayons or markers
- Small plush toys
We need your gifts and talents. You can apply to volunteer by contacting us via our contact page. FHMI volunteers are vetted, supervised and trained to work with the community. We need volunteers in the following areas:
- Packing of Care Packages
- Collection of donations
- Assisting with outreaches
- Stock assistance with Hands of Hope
- Hospitality for meetings/outreaches
- Media and IT
- Event preparation
- Event set up/pack down
COLLECTION & DONATION OF FOOD/CLOTHING FOR HANDS OF HOPE PANTRY
Individuals and businesses can organise food drives and/or clothing drives with their community groups, business, or church groups to assist us with aiding those in the Cairns area in dire need. Please contact Sarah, our Hands of Hope Coordinator at email@example.com to organise donation drop off/collection. Items needed are:
- Men’s, women’s & children’s gently used clothing
- Boxed food such as cereals & meal prep
- Staples: rice, pasta, flour, sugar
- Canned fruit, vegetables, and sauces
- Paper goods: paper towels, tissues, toilet paper
If you or your organisation are interested in having the FHMI team lead an outreach in your community, please contact us via our contact page. We would love to assist you!