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A path out of homelessness

A path out of homelessness

Prior to lockdown, Damon* had been sleeping rough for a long time. His sister had noticed his declining health and wellbeing and became so concerned that she urged him to visit Visionwest. The reluctance Damon felt when he first visited...

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Christmas From The Heart 2021

Christmas From The Heart 2021

Thank you for being amazing, we really appreciate it. It has made our Christmas something to look forward to.   We are going to actually enjoy Christmas and not dread it like normal. These are just two of the many social media comments from...

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From Helped to Helper – Michelle’s Story

From Helped to Helper – Michelle’s Story

From being helped to being a helper, Michelle has chosen to walk a different pathway since she received support from Visionwest. Michelle knew her life wasn’t going great. She was homeless, sleeping in her car or in the garages of friends until a...

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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 moved to Christchurch to become caregiver to his...

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Visionwest Response to Budget 2021

Visionwest Response to Budget 2021

Visionwest Response to Budget 2021. On May 20th, the Government released its 2021 Budget which included a number of initiatives to help vulnerable whānau as we seek to recover from the effects of COVID and its financial ramifications which have...

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Busby Street Opening

Busby Street Opening

17 new homes = 17 whānau housed! 17 new homes means 17 whānau who have been struggling to find a place to live will now have a warm, dry and safe home. At dawn on Wednesday May 19th, between the showers, Visionwest opened our latest housing complex...

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Building is a blessing to the community

Building is a blessing to the community

Visionwest has purchased the vacant Salvation Army church building at 275 Glengarry Road, Glen Eden to cope with growth on its Glendale Rd site. On Wednesday, April 21st, a number of representatives from Visionwest, the Salvation Army and Glen Eden...

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Hine’s Story

Hine’s Story

As an 18-year-old, Hine was living on the street. Three years later, she is securely housed in an immaculately kept West Auckland flat managed by Visionwest. Friendly and articulate, she says her biggest goal is finding a regular job and, one day,...

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Daniel and Emma’s Story

Daniel and Emma’s Story

Living in a Visionwest house in the Luke St transitional housing development, Daniel and Emma are loving life. Daniel has his dream job, they have safe and comfortable housing, their five children are happy, and their relationship has never been...

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Housing Crisis – it may be worse than you think

Housing Crisis – it may be worse than you think

An article last week (Feb 18, 2021) from Checkpoint reporter Nita Blake-Persen, detailed some startling figures relating to the ongoing housing crisis in New Zealand: There are now more than 4,000 children growing up in motels across New Zealand....

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Feeding the community during lockdowns

Feeding the community during lockdowns

In the first three days of the August lockdown, Visionwest distributed 1,131 Emergency Food Parcels – more than the number for the entire month of July. By the end of December, we had distributed...