KELLY turned to ac.care when the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the loss of her employment and subsequently left her at risk of homelessness.
“I lost everything, but support from ac.care made a huge difference through COVID,” she said.
Kelly was supported by a case worker at ac.care’s Limestone Coast Homelessness Service, who connected her to the organisation’s housing and financial support programs, along with emergency relief, including food supplies.
More recently, she had the opportunity to adopt a new look when the Thread Together mobile clothing service visited ac.care’s Mount Gambier and Millicent community centres.
“I am normally an op-shopper or rely on hand-me-downs, but it was so nice to pick something brand new off the rack,” she said. PLENTY OF OPTIONS: Kym looks through the donated clothing on offer thanks to the visit by the Thread Together mobile clothing van. PLENTY OF OPTIONS: Kym looks through the donated clothing on offer thanks to the visit by the Thread Together mobile clothing van. The “mobile wardrobe” operated by not-for-profit partners AnglicareSA and Thread Together takes excess stock from Australian fashion stores and uses vans to deliver the new clothes to communities in need, such as people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Young couple Kym and Monty also welcomed the visit by the mobile clothing van and said the free clothing would help spread their limited finances.
Monty said it was “a bit like Christmas”.
“We wouldn’t usually have new clothes like this,” he said.
The couple was previously assisted into transitional housing by ac.care and Monty said their case worker also encouraged them to be involved in the community and “not sit at home and be depressed”.
“These guys helped me a lot to get where I am today,” he said.
Kelly said she was glad to be able to extend the benefit of the service to a friend who was at home with a seven-month-old baby.
“They will have a nice surprise when I drop by later,” she said. WELCOME TO THE BOUTIQUE: AnglicareSA staff Stephanie Ashby and Selena Hart welcomed ac.care Limestone Coast Homelessness Service clients and other visitors to the Thread Together clothing van to choose a free set of new clothing during a visit to the Mount Gambier Community Centre last month. WELCOME TO THE BOUTIQUE: AnglicareSA staff Stephanie Ashby and Selena Hart welcomed ac.care Limestone Coast Homelessness Service clients and other visitors to the Thread Together clothing van to choose a free set of new clothing during a visit to the Mount Gambier Community Centre last month.

ac.care Limestone Coast Homelessness Service support worker Kelly McGuinness said it was wonderful to provide the additional visiting service to clients.

“A new set of clothes can make a remarkable difference to someone’s self-esteem and sense of dignity, especially if they have interviews for employment, housing or other commitments coming up,” she said.

“This donation of clothing will allow those trying to secure a better future to take pride in their appearance without having to choose between updating their wardrobe or meeting other essential costs of living.”
Since launching in April 2018, the Anglicare SA and Thread Together partnership has prevented more than 150,000 items of brand-new clothing, valued at an estimated $12m, ending up in landfill.
During 2020, the program delivered clothes to nearly 3000 South Australians, including people affected by the Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills bushfires and others impacted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Limestone Coast visit by the Thread Together van was supported by CMI Toyota’s CMV Foundation and RAA grassroots giving sponsorship. NEW LOOK: Kelly welcomed the opportunity to collect a new outfit at no cost when AnglicareSA and Thread Together’s mobile clothing van visited ac.care’s Mount Gambier Community Centre last month. NEW LOOK: Kelly welcomed the opportunity to collect a new outfit at no cost when AnglicareSA and Thread Together’s mobile clothing van visited ac.care’s Mount Gambier Community Centre last month.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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