Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homeless – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two mates. Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett installed a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van, visiting parks in Brisbane to wash and dry clothes for free.
The aim of Beddown is to take spaces that are commonly used and busy during the day but at night are left vacant or empty. Beddown then activates and re-purposes the space at night into pop-up accommodation to ensure the homeless, those who are sleeping rough are then able to come and get into a bed at night.
Founded in 2015, Dignity is on the way to achieving their ultimate aim of ending homelessness. Dignity has an extremely high success rate of getting guests a positive outcome within 14 days, whether it’s getting them into the private rental market or connecting them with other service providers in their area.
Jewish House is an independent, not-for-profit charity providing crisis intervention and prevention services in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Their clients benefit from early intervention assistance, and achieve high success rates in helping people rebuild their lives after a major life event or crisis.
Yumba-Meta’s goal is to achieve sustainable communities through access to housing and support services. This amazing charity aims to support the Indigenous community in Far North Queensland.
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre provides assistance to people who are the most vulnerable, with a particular focus on those at risk of social isolation, homelessness and domestic violence. The centre is focused on growing services to get more people on a pathway to a better future.
We also work with Share The Dignity, a charity that collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty, to provide us with tampons and pads in our boxes.
“We had our food relief program in Narellan and I took some Good Boxes and one lady kept staring at the box and then she said to me that’s a beautiful box what’s in it? I told her she could take one and it’s made for people doing it tough. She grabbed it and walked and I watched as she walked away and opened it and found the letter someone had written and then tears. You guys are amazing”.
-Sherin Fishwick, Engagement & Philanthropy, Dignity
“Our clients come to us often in a state of trauma and despair, ﬁlled with burden and uncertainty, and with nowhere else to go. Handing them their very own ‘Good Box’ is an additional step Jewish House can take to ensure they feel valued and respected from the very ﬁrst moment they come through our doors.”
-Rabbi Mendel Kastel OAM, CEO of Jewish House
“We’re so excited to be working with The Good Box to further the conversations with the homeless community.”
-Nicholas Marchesi, Co-Founder, Orange Sky Laundry