The festive season is a timely reminder that Christmas can often be particularly difficult and lonely for many. Dunkley federal Liberal MP Chris Crewther has been a strong advocate for providing assistance and opportunities for people who are homeless, less fortunate or in need.
Chris recently secured the relaunch of the hot meals service for the homeless and those in need after calling together various community organisations more than a year ago to try to bring back the service. Many people said it would be impossible to achieve, but persistence has paid off. The breakfast service, which is run out of Chisholm Institute by the Frankston Churches Breakfast Club and Frankston Life, currently operates two mornings a week, and there are plans to expand it to include more breakfasts and dinners.
With the help of Donation Chain, Chris has also been fighting for permanent, private and free public hot showers and change facilities in Frankston for the homeless and those in need. He recently secured $10,000 from the Federal Government to help build these facilities. Chris and Donation Chain then received matching funding and a location from Frankston City Council. A hot shower and change facilities will now be built within the Comfort Station and will be operated at set times each day by volunteers.
Finally, Chris has been able to secure an increase of more than $100,000 a year for Community Support Frankston, which provides significant support for our community. This brings its total funding to more than $1.5 million over the next four and a half years.
If you would like to donate to those less fortunate this Christmas, contact Community Support Frankston on 9783 7284. Chris can be contacted on 9781 2333.