In 2017, devastated by the sight of a woman living by the lake in Rotorua and washing her children in freezing-cold water from the public toilets, Tiny Deane and his wife Lynley launched Visions of a Helping Hand Trust, with the aim of assisting people into safe, permanent homes.
Visions of a Helping Hand Charitable Trust – which runs on donations and government funding – has changed the lives of numerous vulnerable people in their community, providing accommodation and wraparound services including mental health support, addiction treatment, cooking, parenting and budgeting advice.
Once a whānau has moved into permanent housing, we provide visits to ensure the members are well supported in their new home. Many people who have been in our care go on to become advocates of our organisation and return to help others.
When Covid-19 lockdown began, physical distancing rules meant our shelters had to close temporarily. Knowing that the need for the shelters would remain high, we sourced government funding to rent motels in Rotorua and Taupō to provide temporary accommodation.
In 2020, our mahi was recognised with a Lion’s International Award and Global Humanitarian Award.
Just recently, Tiny Deane has been nominated as a semi-finalist in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards for his inspirational contribution to our community. Click here to see more.