UnitingCare Ballarat manages and funds BreezeWay Meals Program on behalf of the Ballarat community. The program receives no government funding. It needs to raise $140,000+ to operate every year.
BreezeWay provides a substantial, hot nutritional two course midday meal every day of the year for people who are marginalised, homeless, living in insecure accommodation and / or have no cooking facilities. It operates from 10.30am to 1.00pm each day and services approximately 60 meals daily or over 1,700 meals per month. Take-away meals are also provided which include sandwiches and fruit outside the lunchtime meal. The cafe style environment is also a place of shelter during the winter months.
A loyal group of 50 volunteers work in the Breezeway Program. They represent a diverse range of church, business and community groups. The volunteers have gained a reputation for providing a warm, friendly and peaceful atmosphere.
The Meals Program opened in January 1998 and has served over 250,000 meals. It grows and develops each year with increased demand and the introduction of specialist support services.
An office for visiting health professionals is provided adjacent to the program. People utilising BreezeWay may also be reffered to a range of services. These services could include programs such as homeless support, housing, alcohol and other drugs and emergency relief.
People of all ages visit the program. Around 40% are female. The program has a high number of people with mental health issues.
St John of God Hospital is an ongoing Breezeway partner. They provide volunteers and food for each Sunday meal.
A UnitingCare Ballarat Social Justice Op-Shop and Bookshop called The Light Lounge is situated in Wesley Hall, upstairs from Breezeway. The Light Lounge freely provides homeless people and low income families with clothes and support.
For more information contact: BreezeWay Coordinator on 5337 2721 or