This is penpal service aimed at linking a member of the community to a person who has recently been in a state of homelessness.
This is not a charity, business or organisation. This is an opportunity to reduce the experiences of social isolation for people who have recently been homeless. A PO Box is used as a central exchange as to protect the privacy of all penpals.
Letters foster an opportunity for supportive contact and exposure to positve role modelling and mentoring. For a person who has experienced homelessness, a letter may provide a positive human interaction, a sense of meaning and purpose and a powerful connection to the outside world.
The small gesture of a letter can create a big difference in a person's life.
Social isolation is a common experience for many people in a state of homelessmness.
While relationship breakdowns, mental illness, and alcohol and other drug misuse are often attributed as possible causes of homelessness, it is often the deficit in social support and resources that create greater impairment for the individuals concerned.
People who have found themselves in a state of homelessness describe feelings of helplessness, isolation, and loneliness. As social support diminishes and opportunities to engage in work -which also affords social interaction- become difficult, the experience of homelessness can have devestating effects on people and the broader community.
[Name of Penpal]
c/o Write to Me
PO BOX 222
Letters will be forwarded to your penpal and replies will be posted to you.
Email us today and express your interest and a new penpal!
YOU MUST BE OVER 18 TO USE THIS SITE- SORRY.
Find a PenPal
Email and include a few personal details about yourself so we can match you with someone suitable. You will also need to include your postal address which will be kept confidential and not passed on to your penapl. Once you have been assigned a penpal, you will be notified via email.
Write an introductory letter about yourself. We advise that you do not disclose personal details such as your telephone number or address.
In your introductory letter, please include a stamped envelope for your replies. Label this envelope with your name and the address "PO BOX 222 Seaford VIC 3198".
Post your introductory letter to the contact details that follow.