Willow had already seen and experienced more than anyone should have. Willow’s mum was caught up in alcohol and drug use and couldn’t provide the parental support and guidance a young person like Willow needs. Willow had seen first-hand how alcohol and drug dependency can harm lives. She knew what it was to feel unsafe in her own home. Eventually the home became unsafe for Willow and her younger sister. They ended up couch surfing between their older sisters’ houses with nowhere to live. Her future looked bleak. Thankfully Willow’s older sisters introduced her to youth workers at Passages Youth Engagement Hubs. The Passages team helped find accommodation for Willow and her sister and Vinnies stores were able to furnish their new home. The team also connected Willow with local education providers. Willow trained as a barista and joined a community program and learned how to drive. She passed her driving test with flying colours and now she has more employment opportunities options for the future.
Gifts of two dollars or more to the Society in each State and Territory are tax deductible for the donor.
The following entities of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia are endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient:
National Council of Australia Incorporated, ABN 50 748 098 845 New South Wales, ABN 91 161 127 340 Victoria, ABN 28 911 702 061 South Australia, ABN 73591 401 592 Tasmania, ABN 41 003 138 898 Canberra-Goulburn, ABN 16 732 852 554 Queensland, ABN 14 211 506 904 Western Australia, ABN18 332 550 061 Northern Territory, ABN 11 300 386 527
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The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is exempt from income tax as a not-for-profit organisation.
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