Helping Father Bob Rebuild After Fire

20 October 2016

The work of the Father Bob Foundation is about to be boosted through a $100,000 funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Established in 2003 by Father Bob Maguire, the Foundation’s mission is to ensure that people who need a helping hand receive it and empowering people to help others within their own community.

Touring the Foundation’s repaired warehouse today, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the work undertaken by the Foundation was vitally important to the surrounding community and the funding would assist in its recovery from a recent fire.

The fire occurred in August at the Foundation’s South Melbourne warehouse, resulting in a large amount of food having to be thrown away after the fire burned the wiring running the freezers and cool room.

The funding will support its Assertive Outreach program which supports clients to engage in their community and decision making processes, escape cycles of family violence and abuse, be supported through social and community service systems and reconnect with family, friends and community.

Last year, the Foundation provided more than 7000 hampers for families and more than 24,000 meals from its food van.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“Father Bob has long been a fighter for the man on the street and it’s important that we get behind and support the work his Foundation does in addressing homelessness.”

“The Foundation, through Father Bob’s vision, works tirelessly to help those experiencing disadvantage.”

“I am sure this new warehouse will assist in their continued work in breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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