Counselling and Financial Counselling Service Now Open at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills
Lutheran Community Care responded immediately to the Cudlee Creek fire 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 long-lasting support through personal and financial counselling services in the Adelaide Hills. We are restricted to the Adelaide Hills at this stage, but have the capacity to provide these services to Kangaroo Island. However before we can do this, we must respond to identified needs in consultation with the local community.
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.
We thank those that have made a donation to LCC and also the Lutheran Church of Australia for distributing $72,000 from its Disaster and Welfare Fund. These funds will help us open up a brighter future for so many who have lost hope in recent months.