Every night more than 20,000 Queenslanders and 116,000 Australians are homeless. During the chilly Toowoomba winter many people who are experiencing homelessness have no shelter, no warm food and no one to turn to. 

Winter Shelter Toowoomba is an affiliate of Stable Onea program that has been successfully supporting people experiencing homelessness in Victoria for over six years.  The model brings together local faith communities to open their facilities to those without a place to stay, providing beds, free meals, a caring community and support services.

Winter Shelter Toowoomba is backed by Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd and brings together seven local faith communities along with numerous support services and will operate during the months of June, July and August in close cooperation with seven local church groups, supporting up to ten people a night for ninety-two nights.

“Together we can provide warmth, shelter and food for those who need help. Winter Shelter Toowoomba provides more than just a place to stay. It is about providing hope, dignity and community for those experiencing homelessness,” CEO, Derek Tuffield OAM said.

With the current low rental vacancy rates, this program is more important than ever as we head into the cold, harsh Toowoomba winter.

Lifeline Darling Downs have contributed $5,000 seed funding towards the program and are collaborating with the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and TSBE to fundraise a total of $25,000 required to activate the program.

For a donation of $250.00 (which is tax-deductible), you can help provide safe, caring and supported accommodation this winter for up to ten homeless people in our community.

Every dollar donated is matched with the hard work and dedication of volunteers and numerous in-kind donations. This means that each dollar donated will have a $25 impact.

You can donate or set up your own fundraiser and get your friends, family or workplace to contribute to this program.

Together we can provide warmth, shelter and food for those who need help.

Winter Shelter provides more than just a place to stay.

It’s about providing hope, dignity and community.

Let's help change the story for those in need.