Coimba Men's Refuge
Coimba provides accommodation and assistance to disadvantaged men facing homelessness on the Central Coast. Accommodation consists of six beds in the Holden Street Refuge, seven units in Gosford and a further eight units at East Gosford with provision for a caretaker at each venue.
Individual assistance is provided to assist clients to achieve self-reliance and address any issues which may have led to their homelessness. Coimba provides a supportive environment for clients to move into and maintain their own accommodation.
"I will be eternally grateful for the kindness and understanding shown to me by the staff at Coimba”.
John came to Coimba directly from Royal North Shore Hospital where he had undergone extensive surgery to his neck. To make matters worse, while he was in hospital, his wife made it painfully clear that she did not want him back home in the Housing NSW house they had shared with their five children for the past 20 years.
When John arrived at Coimba, he had lost his family, his ability to work, his dignity and self respect. In more ways than one John was a broken man. Since being at Coimba, he has made some amazing progress: his children telephone him and regularly come to visit and he has regained his sense of self respect and usefulness.
John’s new found positive attitude has become "infectious" to the other clients at Coimba, engendering an air of hope in all. John told me that “he didn't know where he would have ended up, maybe sleeping on a train or under a train”. He now says "I will be eternally grateful for the kindness and understanding shown to me by the staff at Coimba”.
Coimba is funded by Community Services as a Specialist Homelessness Service and is supported by numerous community groups and organisations.