Mission for Independence

Guiding, equipping and enabling financially disadvantaged and unemployed people towards independence and self-management

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P16 17. IndependenceHow The Mission helps people
People in distress due to unemployment, debt, accommodation issues and social isolation often access our Mission for Independence programme. Many are minimum-wage workers, single-income earners or beneficiaries who find themselves unable to meet basic living costs. 

Our Drop-in Centre (DIC) Foodbank, Community Services Advocate (CSA) and Budgeting Advice are all elements of the programme. The DIC is a place that fosters social connection and provides hot meals and shelter for a variety of people, and the Foodbank offers immediate assistance but also helps relieve a major stress as clients focus on achieving positive long-term outcomes. The CSA efficiently connects people with the services they need, and Budgeting Advice (which offers Total Money Management) provides people assistance and education to move to sustainable financial management. 

What happens at Mission for Independence
When someone first asks for help, one of Mission for Independence’s services (especially DIC, Foodbank and CSA) is often their first connection point with The Mission. Crucially, these services can form the gateway for people to access other Mission programmes and services – to identify their underlying issues, and discuss options and possibilities to address them – and get on track to a positive future. Mission for Independence also offers holistic support to the wide range of clients across all The Mission’s programmes. 

Looking forward
We encourage the pursuit of meaningful activities that give people a sense of belonging and achievement – such as employment, formal qualifications, volunteer work and other community participation. Through education and engagement, people are empowered to make the choices and changes that will help them live independently – not in isolation, but with more productive and sustainable self-management.

During 2014-15
• 219 people received Budgeting Advice during the year
• 809 contacts (face-to-face, phone, email) were made by staff to external agencies and creditors advocating on behalf of Budgeting Advice clients
• 15,617 separate financial transactions were made on behalf of clients using Total Money Management, through The Mission’s Trust account – wth a total of $848,233
• Budgeting Advice clients reduced their combined accrued debt by $52,278
• We gave out 2,096 food parcels of varying sizes during the year. In addition, we gave out 1,021 special food parcels at Christmas
• On average 55 guests were served each day in the Drop-in Centre, and we served 9,267 soups, 5,673 main meals, and 3,038 desserts over the year 

This service is free to people living in the Greater Wellington region.

For more information please contact:

Olivia Lange
Community Programmes Manager

Phone: 04 245 0829
olivia@wgtncitymission.org.nz

Please feel free to download a copy of our Mission for Independence programme brochure, here Mission for Independence.