CUTS to funding by the federal government have encouraged Mornington Community Information and Support Centre to “get creative”.
“We were challenged to find another source of income to support our most vulnerable residents,” manager Lisa Elliott said.
“The funding cuts have come at a time when many people are suffering even more financially due to the high costs of living.”
So, the centre, based in Main St at the corner of Elizabeth St, is opening its own op-shop at 1/10 Main St on Friday 13 November.
Beach End Op-shop is a women’s boutique style second hand shop which will stock low-priced vintage clothes, designer women’s clothes as well as every day wear, accessories, homewares and books.
Money raised will go to the community information and support centre that comes to the rescue of locals experiencing a financial or other crisis.
The centre provides free fresh food, pantry items, food vouchers, free meals, no-interest loans, budget support, counselling, advocacy, nappies and formula.
“Of the 6000 individuals and families who accessed the service last year, many were unable to feed themselves or their family that day,” Ms Elliot said. “Housing and homelessness remain two of the main reasons for crisis support followed closely by family violence support and emergency intervention.”
Ms Elliot said the centre was calling on Mornington, Mt Martha, Mt Eliza and Moorooduc residents to help to stock the new shop.
Goods can be donated at the centre, 320 Main St, Mornington, during opening hours.
“By doing this, you will be helping many of our vulnerable residents directly,” Ms Elliot said.
“All proceeds from the shop will be directed back into our community support programs.”