Since 2002, a committed group of volunteers, a community of churches and many families have given their time and resources to support thousands of people who have sought help at The Shack Community Centre in Nambour. Now, the residents and management at Living Choice Twin Waters have also shown their support, donating a double oven, gas top, cutlery and a large glass door commercial fridge to the centre.
The items became available after Living Choice upgraded some of the equipment at the village’s leisure centre and residents Ian Lawson and Robert Bretton immediately set about finding a new home for them. They contacted Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson for advice and she invited non-profit organisations to express their interest via her Facebook page. The Shack, which is run by Pastor Dale Dowler and his wife, Donna, was chosen by the residents as a worthy recipient.
The Shack has helped thousands of people down on their luck, providing meals and one-on-one counselling, assisting drug-dependant people into detox and rehab and referring numerous people to accommodation. There are also small group programs for men and women ranging from drug and alcohol groups to domestic violence support groups.
“The Shack does an wonderful job in providing a decent hot meal and support to those in need and our residents were only too happy to support them,” said Ian.
Pastor Dowler collected the goods from the village on Thursday 27th April, where he received a warm welcome from Ian, Robert, Fiona Simpson MP, Julia Jones-Walker (Electorate Officer), village manager Tracy Blair, Residents’ Chairman Ernie Hatton and residents Marj Hines, Maree Lawson and Glenda Bretton.
The Shack is also currently looking for sleeping bags to assist the homeless. For more details, phone Pastor Dowler at 0402 204 961.