WHEN you hear about all the amazing work the team at the Ulladulla Uniting Church's Uniting Outreach Centre do you understand why they were keen to reopen the facility.
Work recently started to revamp the North Street, Ulladulla outreach centre and church, which caused their busy multi-purpose and vibrant shop to shut.
However, it recently reopened, right next door to the current construction site, and the volunteers can now continue their great work.
They are open 10am to 4pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and Wednesday and Saturday, in the morning, from 9am to 12pm.
There is limited on-site parking but there are heaps of spaces along the nearby streets.
Volunteer Judy Bryant said the word was slowing spreading that the centre had reopened.
"I think probably the fence put people off as it is still up and people think we are closed," Mrs Byrant said.
However, the centre is definitely open and ready to continue their amazing work.
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The centre and volunteers help people from near to far.
The centre gets a lot of donations of goods which are sorted.
Some of the goods are kept for sale and some things (clothes, toys, linen and shoes) get sent to Africa.
"African ladies are encouraged to set up a shop with the donations," Mrs Bryant said.
The centre and its volunteers are committed to helping local people.
"Depending on the circumstances we help and donate where we can," Judy said.
They also work with other community groups to make sure local people get the support they need.
Volunteer Betty Keeley said they give local people in need things like free clothes and blankets, especially women with children.
"If they are short of clothes we always support the children," Mrs Keeley said.
Mrs Bryant said women in crisis situations always need blankets, clothes and help.
A cup of tea and a chat can also give someone who is down the 'pick me up' they need.
"Sometimes people just need to talk and get something off their chest. Then if they need financial help or other help we can then send them along to get the help they need," Mrs Byrant said.
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The centre has 50 dedicated volunteers on its books and supports the "work for the dole" scheme.
The centre also supplies clothes to homeless men's shelter in Parramatta and supports Ulladulla High School by donating a cash prize each year.
Volunteer Fay Kastelein said then the new centre opens they will have a bigger facility to make use of which will include a huge book area, a room for counselling and a financial counsellor will be on-site one day a week at no cost.
The outreach centre also has a smaller group who branches out to provide more help called The Reaching Out Group.
"The Reaching Out Group works for Southern Cross Housing and we provide hygiene packs, beanies and scarves for the homeless. We also provide blankets and we are also doing activities bags for the children," Mrs Kastelein said
Their epic work continues from their monthly cake stall and the funds raised are donated to a different organisation each month.