Alma and Barry O’Rourke are HopeStreet Champions. A powerhouse pair, each year they organise three collections for HopeStreet Inner City through Carlingford Baptist Church.

In true partnership with HopeStreet, Alma seeks to understand the community needs for each collection and ensures the church contributions meet these needs, both on time and in abundance.

“Alma is tireless, she promotes the appeals across all services at her church and arranges for a HopeStreet representative to visit at least once a year,” said Grace Franklin, former Partnerships & Fundraising Specialist at BaptistCare HopeStreet Inner City.

Three times a year, Alma and Barry open up their home to the collections. Masters of quality control and champions of precision packing, the donations are packed, and labelled for delivery to HopeStreet Inner City.

“Alma’s servant heart and dedication bring people together with purpose… she makes a real difference,” Grace said.

Seeing and responding to need is central to the work of BaptistCare HopeStreet.

Through the valued partnerships with individuals like Alma and Barry as well as those in their church groups, this Christmas will be a little brighter for those they serve.

Thanks to the careful coordination of HopeStreet Champions like Alma and Barry O’Rourke and the generosity of their church community, the HopeStreet Inner City cupboards are restocked and ready to serve.
Here are some of the groceries items which are now making their way to individuals experiencing homelessness: