Taranaki’s New Plymouth Emergency Shelter Trust who run the region’s only emergency shelter for men has received a timely financial boost thanks to funding from the Tindall Foundation.

Responsibility for allocating funding of around $40,000 per year under the Tindall Foundation’s supporting families and social services programme is overseen by Te Karaka Foundation.

“We’re pleased the Tindall Foundation have recognised Te Karaka’s expertise and local knowledge and have entrusted us to make recommendations and support organisations like the New Plymouth Emergency Shelter Trust,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.

“Last year we provided more than 1100 bed and we are seeing a greater demand for emergency shelter this year, especially now as we head into the colder months,” says Trustee Brian Jordan.

“Referrals come from a variety of places and for a variety of reasons and we do our best to turn no one away.”
During the 43 years the shelter has been operating there has been a gradually increasing need for homeless men and women in Taranaki.

“If the shelter did not exist more men would be sleeping rough in New Plymouth and other towns in Taranaki resulting in increased pressure on other services.”

The Trust rents a house in Fitzroy from Housing NZ and provides emergency accommodation for up to four weeks to single men who have nowhere else to go.

Other recipients of this year’s Tindall Foundation funding in Taranaki include: Pregnancy Help Taranaki Inc., Central Taranaki Blue Light Ventures, Taranaki Toy Library, New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust, On The House and New Plymouth Emergency Shelter.

For information on funding criteria and how to apply visit tindall.org.nz or email grants@tkf.org.nz. The next round of Tindall Foundation funding closes 31 August.

Additional information

Te Karaka is Taranaki’s community foundation connecting generous people with the people, projects and charitable causes making a real difference in the Taranaki community. www.tkf.org.nz

The Tindall Foundation is a philanthropic family foundation established in 1994 by Sir Stephen and Lady Margaret Tindall. www.tindall.org.nz