ACCORDING to the Salvation Army, there are thousands of families across Australia who are struggling financially.
In some cases, people are living off less than $50 a week, after paying rent.
In Sale, the situation is no different.
Last month, according to Capt David Ebsary, the Salvos Sale corps assisted 170 people, with 32 first time clients asking for help.
Capt Ebsary said it had been one of the Salvos’ quieter months.
On average, he said, the people asking for assistance were aged between 31 and 40 years and made up 31 per cent of people seen overall.
He said homelessness existed in Sale and, in the region, there were many people living below the poverty line.
“What we do is provide food,” he said.
“We provide financial support sometimes that entails train trips or petrol vouchers and we advocate for people with their utilities, so if they are having problems with their phone bills or electric bills we ring up for them and try and organise a payment plan.”
Capt Ebsary said, this year, the Salvos would also assist fire affected families with material aid and clothing.
In the lead up to the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, the Sale corps is looking for volunteer collectors.
“We’re looking for donations and collectors,” Capt Ebsary said.
As part of the appeal, the Salvos will conduct a door knock weekend on May 25 and 26.
Capt Ebsary said the Salvos needed volunteers to stand in front of local supermarkets and collect on the streets from Monday, May 20.
“We appreciate anything from two hours to the whole weekend, if people are keen,” he said.
The Salvation Army hopes to raise $2.7 million nationally as part of the 2013 Red Shield Appeal, adding to its year-long goal of $22 million.
For more information about the Red Shield Appeal or to volunteer, visit the Salvos website at salvos.org.au or phone the Salvation Army’s Sale corps on 5144 6374.