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Home at Last

Home at Last

Like most parents, Ono and Ana* want only the very best for their children but finding a home for their family became a monumental challenge. For six years Ono and Ana and their children had shared a house with other people but things started...

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Answering the need of food insecurity

Answering the need of food insecurity

Pātaka Kai staff knew the demand for food would be huge, and it was – a substantial 45% greater than normal. Something had to give and, with seriously depleted food stocks, Visionwest has had to initiate an emergency food appeal. Each time a COVID...

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Thank you for your encouragement

Thank you for your encouragement

It’s always great to hear the comments of satisfied whānau. Our Support Workers work hard and it’s a real encouragement to be told how much those we look after appreciate all that we do. Here are a few recent thank you notes from clients: The...

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Easing the space challenge

Easing the space challenge

Because of an increasing demand for support services and the provision of new help for whānau who are struggling, Visionwest has outgrown its Glendale Road site. Thankfully, the perfect opportunity for coping with this growth presented itself when...

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From Homeless to dream life

From Homeless to dream life

It’s not so long ago that Natasha and Gordon Smith were homeless. Their eldest daughter, Miracle, was conceived while they were finding shelter at an Edwardian home in Christchurch, featured in Peter Jackson's 1994 film, Heavenly Creatures. “Today...

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5 Days of Christmas

5 Days of Christmas

For the second year in a row, Visionwest joined with the Auckland City Mission and Glen Eden Baptist Church to create Christmas for whānau throughout West Auckland. For an increasing number of whānau, Christmas may be like any other day with gifts...

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It’s so easy to make a difference

It’s so easy to make a difference

Living locally, Sarah knew of the work of Visionwest so, when it came to doing something to help those who are facing hardship this Christmas, her family decided to buy food and gifts for the 5 Days of Christmas event. She even dropped by with her...

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Can Drive for Pātaka Kai

Can Drive for Pātaka Kai

“The new normal” is a phrase that has been used a lot this year. For most of us, this new normal has brought a range of challenges but has also created a space to reassess and reflect on things that are important: family, friends, and a better...

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30 Years of Community Service

30 Years of Community Service

On November 18, 2020, thirty years of community service were celebrated with a VIP Morning Tea and Book Launch held in the Glen Eden Baptist Church (GEBC) café. The book, titled Building Hope Together, is a picture-rich historical record of the...

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Issues facing New Zealand today

Issues facing New Zealand today

VisionWest CEO, Lisa Woolley, was recently interviewed as part of a series on Shine TV in which six Christian Leaders from around New Zealand gave in-depth interviews talking about issues facing New Zealand today. When asked about social challenges...

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Simon’s Story

Simon’s Story

“It was like a big blanket washed over me…” Through no fault of his own, Simon (not his real name) became a part of New Zealand’s homelessness statistics. Leaving behind a successful business, he...