In the eastern suburbs of Adelaide, Uniting Communities’ Eastern Services provide emergency relief for people who are struggling with poverty and meeting basic day-to-day living expenses.
Eastern Services operates a low income support service that offers:
- budget counselling
- workshops on a range of energy and money management issues
- a community garden
- food parcels and monthly free food and vegetable distribution
- Christmas hampers
- and limited assistance with bills.
Jointly with the Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Eastern Services also run Hope’s Café offering people from the eastern suburbs and surrounding communities – including refugees and those who feel disengaged and vulnerable – a place where they can get to know others and develop a sense of belonging.
Delicious, healthy and affordable meals are served at the café on a ‘donate what you can’ basis. The café also has:
- English classes for Iranian, Korean and Afghani students
- assistance for asylum seekers with the preliminary stages of their applications, and refugee protection
- employment workshops
- art and craft activities
- a visiting Welfare Rights Service
- a meeting place for community groups.
The Clayton Wesley Uniting Church also runs one of Adelaide’s best op-shops ‘Goodies’ on site.
Eastern Services’ emergency relief is based at the Clayton Wesley Uniting Church on the Corner of The Parade and Portrush Road, Beulah Park and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-3pm.
Hope’s Café is open between 10am-2pm on Wednesdays and Fridays and is based in Hope Hall at the Clayton Wesley Uniting Church. People can enter through the Goodies Op Shop, and the café.