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Samaritans Opens New Emergency Relief Centre

Samaritans has provided emergency relief in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions of NSW for over thirty years, and soon will launch a new centre in Rutherford.

Each month Samaritans provides more than 1,000 families with emergency assistance and relief throughout the Hunter Valley and Central Coast regions, supporting people to pay their bills or feed their families.

The new centre in Rutherford will provide much needed support to people who are struggling in the area, by assisting those in financial crisis to deal with their immediate situation in a way that maintains dignity and encourages self-reliance.

The service offers short-term emergency, financial or material assistance to those in need and, where possible, aims to establish links with other appropriate services and support to prevent ongoing hardship.

“Samaritans Emergency Relief and Assistance Centre’s rely greatly on the generosity and time of volunteers to staff and run these services. We are now looking for new volunteers to run the new service at Rutherford,” Emergency Relief coordinator, Tracy Jackson, said.

Samaritans will hold an Information Morning at St Christopher’s Church in Rutherford on Tuesday 8th March, for potential new volunteers to come and hear about the service, to ask questions and to find out about what opportunities might exist to give back to the community.

“Without the commitment, hard work and enthusiasm of our volunteers, we would not be able to continue this vital community work. I would encourage anyone who is interested to come along to our Information Morning to find out more,” Ms. Jackson said.