Our Emergency Relief service provides assistance to people in financial crisis by helping them deal with their immediate situation in a way that maintains dignity and encourages self-reliance.
We do this by providing short term emergency, financial or material assistance. Where possible we link people to other appropriate services and support.
How we can help
Samaritans can help if you need assistance. We may be able to help with:
- Food vouchers and food parcels
- EAPA vouchers (electricity and gas)
- Telstra vouchers
- Chemist assistance
- Clothing and Financial options support.
We have centres located at Broadmeadow, Toronto, Morisset, Cessnock, Taree, Gorokan, Wyoming and Rutherford.
Who we assist
Samaritans Emergency Relief can assist people and families who are experiencing financial hardship.
How to find help
To keep our community safe, interviews will be conducted over the phone with any vouchers posted to clients. Please phone ahead to make an appointment. Food may only be collected after a phone appointment.
Appointments can be made by phone on the day, commencing 30 minutes before opening time.
34 Brunker Road, Broadmeadow
Phone: 02 4922 1540
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri; 10am – 2pm
124 Vincent Street, Cessnock
Phone: 02 4993 3430
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri; 10am – 2pm
Lakes Anglican Church
274 Wallarah Rd, Kanwal
Phone: 0437 595 001
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed & Fri 9.30am till 1.30pm
Unit 8, 163 Brighton Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 02 4959 7857
Opening hours: Tues, Wed, Thur & Fri 9.30am till 2.30pm
Closed for the duration of the stay-at-home orders.
92 Gillies Street, Rutherford
Phone: 02 4993 3400
Please phone on Monday morning for an appointment on Tuesday.
Opening hours: Tue 9am – 12pm
Phone appointments only. Please phone 0448 405 350 to make an appointment.
Samaritans Homelessness Service
103 Victoria Street, Taree
Phone: 0448 405 350 - Please call on a Tuesday morning to make an appointment for the following day.
Opening Hours: Wednesdays
Some local parishes can also provide food parcels:
Anglican Church, 33 Newcastle Road, Morisset
Phone: 02 4973 1204
Drop in Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm (food parcels only).
Blue Cross Anglican Church, 294 Victoria Street, Taree
Phone: 6551 3849
Drop in Wednesdays 11am - 1pm (food parcels only).
Wyoming - Closed until further notice
Holy Family Anglican Church, 2 Ronald Avenue, Wyoming
Phone: 02 4329 3052
Drop in Monday & Friday 10am – noon (food parcels only).
Our Emergency Relief centres rely on donations from the local community. A small donation can make a big difference to our centres. We are always looking for donations of non-perishable food and toiletry/cleaning items.
Food donations can be delivered to:
Samaritans Brunker Rd Office (32 Brunker Rd Broadmeadow) Mon, Wed, Thur, & Fri, 9am-2pm
Or call 1300 656 336 for alternative locations.
Cash donations can be made online.
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