Community Service Elective
As part of the Community Service elective, students had the opportunity to learn more about organisations that support vulnerable people in Geelong. At a local Women’s refuge they prepared a pasta meal, some of which was left for residents and the remainder of which was donated to an outreach program for homeless men and women in Geelong.
Care packs, consisting of a snack and toiletries, were also made for local homeless people. Each pack also contained a personal message from a student, which students knew would be extremely meaningful for the recipients.
The plight of the homeless was made all the more real when students met with a homeless man who shared his story. He spoke with honesty about his circumstances and challenges and also shared his appreciation of the support he receives from The Salvation Army.
Students then visited the Lazarus Centre (at the Old Geelong Gaol) which, when it opens in January, will offer a range of services for local homeless people.
The excursion was a highlight for the class and gave them a meaningful opportunity to help others as well as learn more about the work of the Salvation Army.