Mid 2016 we purchased six brand new single bedroom apartments for $1.7M in central Dandenong for donation to WAYSS. These properties have been made available to WAYSS clients and are all tenanted by single females, majority over fifty years of age, who have escaped family violence. Single women without children are not often prioritised into housing and often endure long periods of homelessness. Their case workers have reported that the six tenants are all enjoying their new accommodation, are proud to have somewhere to call home and their well-being has improved immensely.
Wintringham is a not-for-profit organisation providing housing, aged care and support services for elderly homeless men and women throughout Victoria. With the support of the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation they have purchased a supporting housing site in Frankston. The 45 bed residence is in a prime location, fully furnished and ready to be occupied by Wintringham residents. The new site will not only provide housing and support to its residents, it will facilitate the distribution of a meal service for those who are experiencing homelessness in the community.
Wintringham have named the site after one of their clients Angus Martin (pictured), who was a war veteran, serving in the Egyptian desert in World War 2. His injuries were such that, later in life when Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, first got to know him at Gordon House (a night shelter operating in the 80s) he was crippled by pain and could only walk using two sticks.
Angus became a great friend of Dot Lipmann. Together with staff at Wintringham, Dot saw to it that Angus was awarded the Australian Defence Medal, a belated acknowledgement of his war effort and all it had cost him.
Angus Martin House will commence operation in early 2017.
In 2013 the Foundation donated 5 properties valued at $1.8M to WAYSS to provide housing for those at risk of homelessness. These properties have proven to be very valuable and beneficial to the families housed, majority of them being women and children escaping domestic violence.
“This program has proved to help meet a well established need to provide a high level of stability and certainty that vulnerable families escaping family violence have not otherwise been able to access.” WAYSS CEO Mr Kim Stowe
About WAYSS: WAYSS core purpose is to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to improve their life circumstances by providing access to stable, affordable and safe accommodation. WAYSS employs 133 staff who work in a range of funded services across eight locations in the local government areas of City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and City of Frankston and the Shire of Cardinia and the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.
In July 2014 the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation committed to our largest ever single grant of $7.5M to Wintringham. The grant enabled Wintringham to purchase Gilgunya Village in Coburg, an aged care facility owned by Wesley Mission Victoria. Gilgunya consists of 51 bedroom low care hostel units and 12 two-bedroom independent living units together with supporting facilities, contained in an attractively landscaped .83 hectare site.
Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, said while the grant would make Wintringham stronger, the fundamental difference was the net increase in the number of beds available to financially disadvantaged older people.
The Foundation hopes this donation will encourage other trusts and individuals to reduce our homeless problem.
The eldest of four children, Peter demonstrated his leadership skills from an early age.
In 1968, Peter together with his brother Garry, established White Transport Equipment Pty Ltd, a transport manufacturing company, which quickly established a reputation for innovative designs, reliability, consistency and service. Read the rest of this entry »
The Peter & Lyndy White Foundation has lost one of its founding Directors, Glen Lorentzen. Glen passed away on the 16th December 2017. The Foundation has been the recipient of Glen’s insightful, intelligent, well thought out comments and keen interest in the projects we support. Glen’s sound advice over 40 odd years has enabled me to support the Foundation to an extent that would not otherwise have been possible. Glen was not only a fellow director but also a long time friend to both myself and Mark Cerche. Our sincere condolences to his family. His advice and friendship will be missed but never forgotten. Peter White OAM.
The Director’s attended a meeting on the 12th of February and formally acknowledged Glen’s passing and his contribution to the Foundation. “Glen’s insightful advice was always well reasoned, and his financial expertise unparalleled. He always took a strong interest in the NFP’s to whom we made distributions. Both professionally and personally the Board will miss him.”
Mark is an experienced solicitor with over 40 years’ experience and is Chair of a number of trustee companies.
Mark is chair of a number of companies providing trustee services