Coffee with Conscience

The Underground Collaborative was the beneficiary of a fundraising campaign conducted during Homelessness Week 2021.

Shelter WA Chairperson Kieran Wong presented a cheque for $1,295 to Katie Liew Founder and CEO of the social enterprise.

The Underground Collaborative operates an Employment Program through Ground+Co, a café that educates, upskills and provides employment opportunities for women who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness due to family and domestic violence, and disadvantaged young people.

Kieran Wong and Katie Liew

To encourage donations the work of Ground+Co was promoted throughout the week at events and donations could be made through the Shelter WA website.

“Highlighting a local social enterprise doing amazing work in our community provides another avenue for anyone to be involved in Homelessness Week,” said Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie.

During Homelessness Week, some of the community want to contribute to ending homelessness in a tangible way, having a local fundraiser allowed this to happen and I thank everyone who donated.”

Founder and CEO of The Underground Collaborative, Katie Liew thanked Shelter WA.

“Thanks to everyone who donated and for the wonderful support,” she said.

“The funds raised will allow us to continue providing training, employment and support at Ground+Co, and will also contribute towards developing our employment strategy so we are able to reach more women and young people.”

Shelter WA would like to give special thanks to the Fleetwood Australia, Department of Communities and Beyond Bank for their support of Homelessness Week 2021.