By Tanya O' Shea
The warmth of a hearty meal, a shower after a long day, the shelter from the change of season and a community that cares for others, is something we should all have this winter.
But across the country and in the Bundaberg region, people are experiencing homelessness as the housing crisis continues and people are finding it increasingly difficult to put a roof over their heads.
In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow coined his ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ in his paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” and it is undeniably prevalent nearly 80 years later.
Maslow’s theory breaks down five modes of needs for a person to begin living their most authentic and comfortable life.
Unsurprisingly, it starts with the physiological needs, what we need to survive.
These foundational needs include food, water, clothing, and shelter, for without them it would be extremely challenging to prioritize anything else.
The rising cost of living not only makes it difficult for people to afford shelter and food, but it can also take a toll on one’s mental health.
The power of having a consistent and safe place to rest your head and fill your stomach cannot be overstated and for those who may be struggling, it is vital to know there are services to help you.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or other difficulties, there is an information flow chart on IMPACT’s Community Navigators’ webpage with a breakdown of the various situations one could be facing and the appropriate support service contact numbers and addresses to help.
If you are in a position to help fellow residents who are in need, there are various organisations which take food donations, like the Angels Community Group’s Emergency Food Hampers.
Angels is also currently calling for cups of soup donations to facilitate their cup of soup bar at the support centre on 66 Targo St.
As indicative of the title of this column, as a community we are ‘stronger together’.
Providing donations or sharing valuable information can be key to helping people attain their basic needs and begin improving their lives.