Homelessness is a prominent issue all over the world. There are many reasons a person may become homeless, including illness or losing their job. Someone who has poor health may find it very difficult to begin working in the first place, and therefore may not be able to afford necessary medical treatment. It can become a never-ending cycle.
Homeless people are vulnerable. They may end up sleeping on the streets, with as little as a newspaper or a cardboard box to cover themselves for warmth. They find themselves having to rely on the kindness of strangers, or may even have to rummage through garbage to find food.
There are many charities devoted to trying to help homeless people, and this one in Australia is pretty incredible!
'Beddown' aims to take places commonly used during the day, which are mostly vacant at night, and turn them into overnight shelters for the homeless.
Many homeless people suffer from sleep deprivation because they don't have a safe or secure place to get a good night's rest. This can lead to many other problems, such as depression, diabetes, obesity, and alcohol or drug abuse.
“We will look to get as close as we can to a proper comfortable bed to provide the homeless with a great night’s sleep is our ultimate goal. Sleep deprivation is a massive issue for our homeless, so being in a place that offers shelter and is safe, secure and comfortable we believe will have a big impact on those who use Beddown,” the creators of Beddown wrote on their Instagram page.
“It was great to start bringing the Beddown vision to life last night with a group of our awesome volunteers for the Dry Run. Thank you to our awesome group of volunteers who came in late on a Saturday night to help us trial and set-up some beds. Although as expected we had a few challenges to overcome, it was awesome to start bringing Beddown to life. Beddown will provide an immediate response for those who sleep rough to access safe, secure shelter and access to a comfy bed and a great night’s sleep. We will work with our other collaborative partners to provide long term solutions to transition our guests into accommodation, education and employment opportunities and ultimately put ourselves out of business (this is the vision),” they said in one of their Instagram posts.
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