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The Early Morning Centre - UnitingCare Canberra City
Addressing issues of homelessness
Dear Friend
 
These are unprecedented and difficult times for us all, however we want you to know that the EMC is still supporting homeless and vulnerable people across the ACT, although of necessity our services are now delivered differently. 

The health and safety of our guests, volunteers and staff is always paramount. 
Our staff and volunteers continue to work however older volunteers have been reminded of the need to follow health advice and stay home. They miss our guests and our guests miss them.
 
It is a sad situation for everyone however there are positives. Our staff are constantly adopting new and innovative ways of providing services, our Director is working in close cooperation with other services and the ACT Government, and our volunteers remain enthusiastic and committed even those who are unable to attend.
 
To ensure all are safe, from Monday 23 March the new service delivery model has included the following: 
  • The EMC is open for take away breakfast only.
  • Tea, coffee and milo are served through the door during breakfast and Community Hub hours.
  • The Community Hub is limited to one person entering at a time to access essential services such as food parcels, showers, lockers, mail, phone.
  • The medical clinic is still open on Wednesdays.
  • Lunches and other activities have been cancelled until further notice.

EMC guests and volunteers have been advised of the changes. These changes will be reviewed regularly and Facebook and website updates will be provided.
 
We thank you for your continued support in these challenging times. We know every one of you has been affected personally by the national response to the pandemic and, like you, we look forward to getting back to business as usual as soon as possible.
 
Margaret Watt
Convenor, Friends of the EMC
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