Homeless helped to a clean start

ACU and Orange Sky – Signing Partnership Agreement in Canberra and Queanbeyan.

BY JOHN MCLAURIN

OFTEN when we think about charities, we imagine organisations that feed, house, educate and clothe the poor. But what about one that washes and dries the clothes of the homeless?

Introducing, Orange Sky Laundry, the world’s first free mobile laundry service for homeless people.

The service, which began in 2014, has joined forces with a national education partner, Australian Catholic University.

Three years ago two men had the crazy, not-crazy, idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in a van to wash and dry clothes for the homeless at no cost. 

Starting in the streets of Brisbane, Orange Sky has now grown to 12 services across Australia in Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Perth, Adelaide, SE Melbourne, Wollongong, Gosford and Hobart.

The deal with ACU was signed at Deakin offices of the St Vincent De Paul Society, involving another large national charity provider.

The partnership between Orange Sky and ACU is designed for both to deepen their ties with the community and to extend their interaction with them.

Full story on Catholic Voice Newspaper.  Grab your copy at the mass or download here.

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