Hours of Conversation

Washes

Showers

Volunteers

We realised pretty quickly that in the hour it takes to do a load of laundry, there’s not much left to do but sit down and chat. That’s why there are six orange chairs at every single Orange Sky shift - it’s an opportunity for friends and volunteers to connect through genuine and non-judgemental conversation. Since launching in October 2018, we’ve provided more than 2,500 hours of conversation - here are some of the friends we’ve been lucky enough to meet.

Kenneth


Kenneth is one of the 41,000 New Zealanders experiencing homelessness. He comes along to shift to wash his clothes, have a shower, and most importantly – sit down for a genuine and non-judgemental chat.

“I haven’t always lived on the streets but I find myself in this situation at the moment. I am trying to hide it from people around me because there is a fair bit of shame. I don’t like to use the word depressed but I do feel depressed, nine weeks on the streets.

I motivate myself everyday to get up, especially with Orange Sky here. You are part of my plans everyday. Without Orange Sky, I wouldn’t be clean like this. I wouldn’t be walking around with clean clothes and I wouldn’t be sleeping on clean blankets. I’m one of those people that don’t like walking into the public feeling all dirty. With Orange Sky here, I’m able to move about and go do things like appointments and stuff like that. It’s also that feeling of being around good people. ”

Doug & Krystal


Doug and Krystal have been struggling with accommodation for some time. They told us they find it hard to maintain stability and rely on Orange Sky for clean laundry, warm showers and regular connection with volunteers.

“We find it hard to live with other people and it always creates a lot of anger and disappointment. Doug and I are living on the street again at the moment but at least we have Ginger [our cat] to keep us company.

Orange Sky coming here to the library has been so helpful. Knowing we can have a shower, have our clothes washed and have interesting chats helps a lot. All anyone needs a lot of the time are people, or cats, around them that love each other and give each other a sense of joy.”

Terry


Terry is one of our most regular friends in Auckland – he comes along to nearly every shift in locations all across the city. Terry is quietly spoken, but appreciates the opportunity to be part of the Orange Sky community through regular connection and genuine conversation with volunteers.

“I do live on and off the street a bit. Just too expensive in a home at the moment and hard to get ahead. Orange Sky is a big help because there are no other free showers for us folk and it stops me from trying to access services illegally.

I spend most of my time going to see my mother that has dementia and is in a home. I feel good when when she remembers me and our family, we had such a good time when I was young so I want to repay her somehow.

I couldn’t image a life without Orange Sky now. Eddie and the volunteers have become like family and stops me feeling lonely day after day.”

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