Helping the homeless in Western Sydney

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The Rapid Relief Team (RRT), an initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is boosting its support for Western Sydney’s homeless and joining the Western Sydney Homeless Connect Steering Committee (WSHC) for the first time.

The WSHC launched in June at Parramatta Square, and included the RRT, St Vincent de Paul NSW and Parramatta Mission. The WSHC will be held on Monday 6 August and provide a ‘one stop shop’ for homeless people or people who are at risk of becoming homeless.

The RRT is expecting to feed gourmet burgers and barista coffee to 1000 homeless people at the WSHC in August. The RRT is committed to this cause as it is within the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church’s ethos to bring about enduring change for the most vulnerable people.

Staffed by Plymouth Brethren Christian Church volunteers, the RRT provides catering services during a range of emergencies and charitable events. The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church established the RRT in 2013 to express the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church’s principles of care and compassion.

The RRT has a long history of reaching out to people who are experiencing homelessness. In Australia last year, the Rapid Relief Team volunteered onsite at more than 115 events to support people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia.