The Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, Rev Bruce Johnson and the management of the Good Samaritan Ministry Centre have thanked those involved in re-accommodating people temporarily staying at the Good Samaritan site in Cairns.
“We are pleased that all who have been staying at the Good Samaritan site have been found alternative accommodation,” Rev Johnson said.
“We realise that it has not been easy at this time of year, but we pray that with the support of one another and the Emmanuel congregation they will have a blessed Christmas.
“I would like to thank the members of the Relocation Assistance Team who have worked so hard to find suitable, safe accommodation and helped people move.
“The way government and non-government agencies have worked together speaks volumes about the wonderful social services that work everyday to address the significant community challenges in Cairns.”
Cairns Emmanuel Uniting Church minister Rev Dr Hedley Fihaki said all people had now moved into alternate accommodation.
“God has provided beautiful, affordable and safe accommodation for the remaining 14 residents at Good Sam through contacts within our Emmanuel Church Congregation,” Rev Dr Hedley Fihaki said.
He said people staying onsite when the notice to vacate was given to them nine days ago will be “enjoying Christmas lunch together with volunteer staff at the new Good Sam site”.
“Good Sam has not closed. It will continue to help homeless people transition to helpful responsible members of society,” said Dr Fihaki.
The Relocation Assistance Team, co-ordinated by the Department of Communities, and the team worked hard to find alternative accommodation for everyone who registered with them.