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This author Bill Crews has created 20 entries.

The hope easter brings

The hope easter brings

Easter is a special time of year. To me it’s all about hope for a better future. I share that hope with all the homeless and needy guests who come to my Exodus Foundation. It is also a holy time of year and I think the work that my team and I do among the homeless makes it especially meaningful. I often wonder where Jesus would be at Easter, in a splendid church or helping the poor? We’re giving help and hope...

I've got a story of hope.

This Easter we’re giving fresh hope

The timeless message of Easter is about hope. It’s about new life springing out of darkness and despair. Here at my Exodus Foundation we believe in doing hope, not just talking about it. Every day we see lives changed by caring acts of service performed by our wonderful staff and volunteers. Sometimes it’s giving a free meal to a hungry homeless person in our Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant, but often it’s much more than that. Often it’s life...

Christmas is our happiest day of the year

Christmas is our happiest day of the year

Christmas Day is a time for family, and that’s what makes it so special at The Exodus Foundation. We become the family that thousands of needy, poor and homeless Sydneysiders don’t have. It truly is one of the happiest days of the year. Our guests arrive early and before long the queue for Christmas lunch stretches down Liverpool Road. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of our free Christmas Day lunch for the poor and homeless. “It’s a testament to the...

Make Christmas for the homeless.

We can be their family at Christmas

Christmas is a special time for families. It’s a time when we hold our loved ones close. I’m sure you know what I mean – that sense of belonging and the feeling of being loved. That’s why I want to thank you especially. Your support at Christmas means my Exodus Foundation becomes a loving family for thousands of desperately needy Sydneysiders. Without you, they’d have nothing. This Christmas we’ll serve up to 3,000 hot lunches with all the trimmings to the...

Growing hope with care.

Growing hope with care

By Rev. Bill Crews For nearly 30 years we’ve been giving hope and better futures to the homeless. Now we are Sydney’s most significant frontline charity, preparing 800 meals for the needy every day, but these meals are just the beginning. The homeless need a range of specialised care services, so we have a team of counsellors and professionals to help. They see 80 people every day and help break the cycle of homelessness. I honour your support. It gives us all the...

Spring Appeal 2017.

Spring Appeal 2017

Dear supporter, I always like to thank those who have given to our work. It’s because of these kind people that we have been able to change the lives of so many homeless Australians for almost 30 years. Together we’ve achieved much, but there is still a lot more to be done. Today, many Australians are stuck in grinding poverty and the number of homeless people on our streets has reached crisis levels. I’m sure you’ve seen it. For these needy people...

Warm hearts ​curing cold nights .

Warm hearts ​curing cold nights

  A bitter winter is looming. Already the nights are getting cold and it’s got me worried. You might remember a homeless lady died on a freezing night two years ago in Hornsby. Her fate is something me and my team at The Exodus Foundation work hard to prevent every day. At last count there were 19,471 people who were homeless or sleeping rough in greater Sydney. Sadly, too many of them are children and young people. Mary cares for one of them...

Good news amid a world of trouble

Good news amid a world of trouble

Access to healthcare is a big issue for our guests at The Exodus Foundation, as it was for George. Like so many homeless people he did not have a doctor and would only get treatment when he found himself in a hospital emergency ward. George had been homeless for many years. He’d often eat in our Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant, but as time went by his health deteriorated. One day we found him dazed and incontinent. We were all really...

It left us in shock.

Sharing dentures

Recently two dignified old homeless gents quietly queued for a meal in our Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant. Curiously though, when they took their seats only one of them ate. The other patiently waited. As we watched this we wondered what was going on. Why wasn’t the other man eating? His meal was going cold. What happened next shocked us. When the first man finished his meal he had a drink of water to clean his mouth. Then he took out his...

Rev. Bill Crews' Easter Appeal message

Rev. Bill Crews’ Easter Appeal message

I need your urgent support As Easter approaches I want to say “thank you” for the renewed hope you help my Exodus Foundation give every day. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we can provide a range of much needed services to help keep people off the streets and regain dignity in their lives – to make their future better. In addition to daily meals in our Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant, your support means we can provide support services like...