(Community Recognition Statement, 30 July 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I would like to record the valued contribution of the Salvation Army's Sydney Streetlevel Mission in Surry Hills. Streetlevel's social justice focus and non-judgemental approach is a vital part of the service network for disadvantaged and isolated people in the inner city, especially those living on the street or struggling to get by. Streetlevel helps people with emergency aid when they have no money, along with really practical help like toilets, showers, lockers, mailing address, laundry and public access computers, along with a small supermarket with low cost food and an op shop for clothing. There is a caseworker who helps with Assistance with housing, Centrelink, advocacy and referrals to specific support, and financial counselling to sort out debts and fines. Group breakfast and lunch at the café and activities like English classes, music and kid's club have had to be put on hold at present, but have always been part of Streetlevel – bringing people together. I congratulate and thank the passionate and committed team of workers and volunteers at Streetlevel who provide "an open door of hope, healing and restoration".