Community Chest - Poverty Relief
An initiative of the Mental illness and Poverty Paper written by Dr Barie Forbes (MBBS) June 2006. For Wings of Care (Kanfei Chesed) Inc.
Below is a list of possible services that we provide funding including one-off, to clients who are in need of financial assistance in their everyday lives, as well as a variety of resource information, to help their self esteem thereby aiding recovery.
A. In the home and for the home
Food for Shabbat and festivals
B. Medical and Paramedical
Naturopathy- relating to mental illness
C. Reaching out
Hospital out-patients rehabilitation programs
Employment - DEAC: Disability employment services (03) 9650 2533
- We encourage employers to offer jobs to people with a mental illness
Other eg Transport to rehabilitation programs - Wings of Care.
D. Accessibility- Helpline
Provide resource information to consumers regarding public facilities
-Dental, psychologists etc.
-Have list of mental health service providers offering cheaper services.
Eligibility - There will be an objective assessment
of need made by 3 people connected with Wings of Care
Recipients of funds will have to be suffering from a mental illness & /or be a carer of someone with a mental illness i.e. family member.
Some resources appropriate for people living in poverty who have a mental illness. This information was acquired through VMIAC - Victorian Mental Health Awareness Council – (03) 9387 8317
Centrelink -Disability support pension
Centrelink-for rental assistance for people who are on a disability pension
Financial and Consumer Rights Council
(03) 9663 2000 - Mon Tues. (03) 9585 1955.Wed, Thurs.
Carlton/Fitzroy financial Counselling Services (03) 93492562
Pilch (public interest law clearing house)
- Provides free legal service (03) 9225 6680