It is with regret that St Patrick’s Community Support Centre Day Centre is announcing it will no longer operate its Saturday and Sunday meal service, effective from 1 October.
CEO Steve McDermott said the team behind Fremantle’s best known homelessness support service had made the “very difficult but inevitable” decision to cease operating on weekends because it had become impossible to financially sustain the service.
Mr McDermott emphasised that St Pat’s had for many years followed up all funding avenues but realises that there is a limited pool to cover a range of homelessness and support services. “St Pat’s has been subsidising operating costs for a long time to maintain a seven day a week, 365 days of the year service and we have a responsibility to our funders and donors to operate within our budget and to ensure ongoing viability over the longer term”.
“Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to close our weekend meal service.
“Clients will still be able to access St Pat’s Day Centre services, including meals and showers, on week days when our support staff, partner agencies and complimentary services are available to provide a holistic service approach aimed at assisting people into housing.”
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