The Dandelion Society has a covenant with the vulnerable, the weak, the sick and the lonely. It is a simple yet profound covenant:

“We will never abuse them and we will live our lives in solidarity with them.”

The heartbeat of the Dandelion Society—our ethos—can be summed up in a single word: compassion. It’s the thread that binds us together with the deeper centre of life, beyond the boundaries of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, colour or culture.

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts—to enter into a place of pain, to share in others’ brokenness, fear, confusion, loneliness and anguish. Compassion is not a charity model. Rather, it calls upon an ideal model of equality with others.

Another meaningful word for us is present. It is our action plan, meaning that we seek to be present with the weak, the lonely, the sick, the addicted, the mentally ill and the forgotten. Our goal is to be simply yet profoundly present in their lives. We listen to our street family being human in their darkest moments.

This is what you support on a day-to-day basis. Our presence on the streets of Victoria only continues because you support us.

Summer is always a difficult time. Donations often diminish, yet the need for bottled water, sunscreen, blankets and protective hats increases. And the need for ongoing good work never ceases. That’s why we’re so thankful that people like you continue to give.

It is with gratitude, humility and inspiration that we receive your gifts for the family we serve.