Lutheran Community Care responded immediately to the recent SA bushfires by providing hampers filled with food, toys and hygiene packs to people affected by this disaster in Lobethal, Birdwood and Woodside.
However the trauma in bushfire affected communities doesn’t just last for the weeks following a fire, it lasts for months and years to come.
Lutheran Community Care’s focus has now turned to providing practical and long-lasting support through a range of services including personal and financial counselling.
Financial counselling is a vital response to a natural disaster, as the sooner people can get support, the quicker they can stabilise their financial situation and get their lives back on track. Counsellors provide advice on a wide range of issues, such as renegotiating mortgages and payments, whether people should accept cash settlements from insurance companies, advise on the loss of leased goods and ensure people know their rights.
There is a long road ahead for many people in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island as they begin to rebuild their homes, properties and lives, so we are calling on the community to get behind us and help us support South Australians in crisis.
Below is a message from Lutheran Community Care CEO Rohan Feegrade. We thank you for your financial support to help us support our communities.
From the CEO
"There is significant need in our community at the moment and whilst we've got community sector partners responding in the immediate, we know that there will be trauma to follow these events.
We are calling on people in the community, get behind us and understand how we will need to support families, individuals and communities in the follow up to these disasters.
The trauma from events such as these don't just last for the weeks following a fire - they last for weeks, months, years to come.
So please get behind us and help us support our communities. Thank you for your support!"
Partnership with Lutheran Church of Australia
We continue to pray for all families and individuals affected by the nation’s bushfires and acknowledge there will be a long road ahead for many people as they rebuild homes, properties and lives.
We are working closely with the Lutheran Church of Australia, SA-NT District, to provide a practical and supportive response and have launched this appeal to provide meaningful and long-lasting support services.