In general people are finding themselves struggling with ever increasing household and utility costs and depend on our assistance to keep food on the table. Furthermore, a large number of our clients rely on HAP payments which in some cases fall short of the rent demanded.
During the past year we have been receiving requests from people who would never have required our assistance in the past. In recent months St. Mary’s has had to increase the level of assistance we are providing to struggling families and that, together with the additional number of families seeking assistance, has greatly reduced our limited financial resources.
Christmas 2022 will see our highest expenditure yet and to help us to meet this crucial call on our services we urgently need to reach out to local businesses and the general public for much needed funds.