Excelsia’s commitment to community engagement is important to the mission and ethos of the College and we were fortunate to donate towards the $12 million renovation of Wesley Edward Eagar Centre in Bourke Street, Surry Hills and pleased to see the renovation upgrades come to fruition. Our CEO Peter McKeon was present at the opening of the renovated Centre which provides emergency accommodation to forty homeless men and women.
According to Wesley Mission CEO and Superintendent Rev Stu Cameron, an estimated 300 people sleep rough on Sydney’s inner-city streets per night, motivating the Centre in seeking to bring hope back into these individuals’ lives. Individuals can become homeless due to a range of reasons such as mental illness, domestic violence, family breakdowns or financial difficulties, made harder through COVID-19.
Since 1979, Wesley Mission has been providing crisis accommodation to vulnerable men and women experiencing homelessness. It was also one of the first services to provide private rooms. The refurbishments to Wesley Edward Eagar Centre will allow vulnerable individuals to find peace and new hope.
Peter McKeon explains, ‘I was really proud to attend the Edward Eagar Centre homeless shelter which we contributed a donation to. We started as Wesley Institute, and as a community it’s important we give back.’