SydneyHomeless are dedicated to an independently run, non faith based,non subservient foodvan operation, which serves wholesome nutritious and sustaining hot meals, in the range previously provided by JEF  every night. Sydney Homeless are also dedicated to maximising the delivery of donations to their target constituency via streamlined minimalist delivery structures.Sydney Homeless are committed to and will act by whatever means necessary to ensure this outcome.

the current situation

Since the Exodus/OLGR takeover we have accepted the lower standards of range for two reasons.The arrangement was said to be temporary.The foodvan they apparently hire is incapable of serving the range JEFs simple system delivered every night.

 We consider that the OLGR move againt Just Enough Faith was politically directed. The underlying strategy is to remove homeless and low income people from the Sydney City area to increase the ambience for the wealthy reduce “marginalisation visibility” and ultimately increase property values.In addition, The Jefs Corner Foodvan has been an acute embarassment to the church associated and government funded services which clearly have not provided adequate services for the last 16 years. The number of people eating at Jefs Corner foodvans is testament to this,including paying residents of Matthew Talbot whose residents cards are seen dangling from their necks as they queue for a meal to supplement the meagre offerings at that institution.And theres the added possible incentive of destabilising JEFs leases in Callan Park for future redevelopment.

 The administrator of JEF is now completing his report.This report will be given over to OLGR who are empowered to enact its recommendations. We believe that this process is a furphy, put in place to give transparency and legitimacy to an orchestrated transfer of JEFs operations and resources to church run Exodus, in spite of JEF resources being collected for a “non faith based charity.” We believe that corporate and weathy private individuals including John Oliver have committed to funding Exodus for these operations.

-This is a win for John Oliver in his payback campaign against JEF for rejecting his bastardisation modelling for JEF-

-a win for DOCs who can more effectively channel marginalised people through their paid spy network, a win for NGOs who no longer have the embarassment of having a superior service provided by an independent foodvan

– a win generally for social services government departments no longer suffering the indignity of being overshadowed in the insubstantial services they provide by that pesky charity minnow,Just Enough Faith.

-a win for the OLGR and its accountants who will have nice pretty books clearly showing the massive “costs” such as the rental of the yellow monstrosity which deliver no discernable benefits to us.

-a win for the Uniting Church/Exodus who will have another excel sheet to milk.I’m sure in total compliance with government accounting standards.

THE LOSERS WILL BE THE HOMELESS AND MARGINALISED COMMUNITY WHO WILL SUFFER THE INDIGNITY OF HAVING SERVICES KEPT AT THE CURRENT LEVEL, OR DIMINISHED-GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS CLIPPED ON, AND A REPLICATION OF EXODUS ASHFIELD SERVICES-AND WE WON’T STAND FOR THAT.

GOING FORWARD;

                                                   We are waiting for the administrators report on JEF in expectation of a recommendation that it be handed over to Exodus. Our legal team is already looking at strategies to oppose the OLGR delivering this result. While we welcome Exodus having a role in the ongoing foodvan operations, we will not endorse a structure which sees marginalised people being used as a medium for the Uniting Church to increase its revenues, while soliciting donors to actually implement the programmes.

 We urge all the disparate factions previously associated with JEF, and their supporters to unite on the things we agree on, not divide on the things we don’t, at this crucial time.

 And if it all gets handed over to Exodus, we will simply start a fresh service to replace them, at the Jefs Corner Foodvan location.

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