Pop-up shop to help the homeless

August 15, 2017 by  

Personalised pop-up banners for the Salvation Army have appeared on a vacant building in Melbourne, as part of national Homelessness Week.

Access to the 208 Little Collins Street building has been provided by the City of Melbourne temporarily for the charity to host a bric-a-brac and clothing shop to raise money to aid homelessness services.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the shop will also offer upcycled clothing, pre-loved clothing and coffee, with proceeds going towards the 69 Bourke Street Night Time Safe Space (the Harnadova Café) run by the Salvation Army.

The café, which operates from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am, provides showers, food and other support for an estimated 70 people each night. It also assists with referrals to alcohol and drug services, and housing.

The Mayor said:

“The City of Melbourne is leading the way here and we hope other building owners will follow. There are vacant shops and office buildings across the city that could be used temporarily by community organisations to raise funds.”

Mayor Doyle said there are many businesses and landlords in Melbourne who want to help the cause but do not know the best way to help. He added:

“We hope this initiative will raise awareness of what is possible and that many more landlords around the city will get on-board to offer their underused or vacant spaces for community organisations like the Salvos to raise money for services.”