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 nine centres located at Broadmeadow, Toronto, Morisset, Cessnock, East Maitland, 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
Appointments are needed and can be made by phone on the day, commencing 30 minutes before opening time.
The operating hours below are our reduced hours due to COVID-19.
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; 10am - 1pm
2 Ronald Avenue, Wyoming
Phone: 02 4329 3052
Opening hours: Mon & Fri; 10am – noon
Food parcels only
Unit 8, 163 Brighton Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 02 4959 7857
Tues: 9:30am – 12noon & 1pm -2:30pm
Wed: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Thu: 9:30am – 12noon
Fri: 9:30am – 1:30pm
East Maitland - currently closed.
Saint Peter's Ministry Centre, Bank Street, East Maitland
Phone: 0407 781 515
Anglican Church, 33 Newcastle Road, Morisset
Phone: 02 4973 1204
Opening hours: Food parcels available between 9am – 1pm, Monday – Friday
Rutherford - providing food parcels only.
92 Gillies Street, Rutherford
Phone: 0408 253 641
Opening hours: Tue 10am – 12pm
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-Fri, 9am-2pm
Samaritans Warabrook (36 Warabrook Boulevard, Warabrook) Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
Or call 1300 656 336 for alternative locations.
Cash donations can be made online.
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