Salvation Army coordination comes in part from The Salvation Army’s Port Augusta Community Centre at Carlton Parade – a new, integrated mission centre opened in April 2013 – with staff members based on site and at the centre.
‘We try to create a sense of community, safety, cultural relevance and “home”,’ said Scott Cugley, The Salvation Army’s manager of Port Augusta homelessness services and community services. ‘The model is about removing homelessness as a barrier so that they can continue to move forward in life, and we are seeing positive sign of progress in people’s lives…it’s exciting for us.’
‘A house is just the beginning,’ agreed Salvation Army social programme and policy consultant Andrew Elvin. ‘It’s about transforming a life, not just providing a home.’