Asset Manager Xavier said that the service has three aims: to restore respect and help people reconnect with the wider community, to improve hygiene and sense of self worth, and to reduce strain on resources.
“We're all about washing. We will get their laundry clean and give them a bit of a sense of self-worth and remind them that they are valued; they do deserve to wear clean clothes; and they do deserve to smell clean and fresh,” Xavier said.
“We have a very clear vision that we want to be there for homeless people. We want to have conversations with homeless people. We want to see them. We want to wash their clothes but we also want to see them, talk to them and treat them like human beings,” Josephine said.
Nic worked out where Orange Sky would provide services in Sydney by sleeping rough for a week. “He wanted to find out where homeless people feel comfortable and where we should take our service,” Xavier said.
“He loved Newtown. Everybody loves Newtown. Although we have to maybe fight a little bit at the moment because Newtown is getting swallowed up by developers. We need to keep it what it has always been: the people's place,” Xavier said.
Lucas and Nic were recently awarded Young Australians of the Year 2016. “It is always a privilege to represent our volunteers, sponsors and supporters who form the Orange Sky Laundry family. We can't wait to show you how we will make the most of this incredible opportunity as we continue expanding and connecting people across Australia and internationally in 2016,” Lucas and Nic said.
Find out more at www.orangeskylaundry.com.au
By Ian Dewar