Stronger together: DARA at Raymond Terrace Salvation Army

Tracy Isles is the Auxiliary Lieutenant of the Salvation Army Centre in Raymond Terrace, where she attends every Wednesday night in support of DARA, its patrons and volunteers.

When presented with the opportunity to collaborate with DARA, Tracy and The Salvation Army didn’t hesitate.

“For us, coming together with you guys, there was no question about whether or not we wanted to do that,” she said. “It’s really good that the community sees services working together and all for one purpose.”

But for Tracy, the partnership is about more than just providing vulnerable people with a meal.

“I think what it means for the community is actually a sense of belonging. Community to me is about working together and being able to experience something good together. People can serve a meal, but it’s about how you do it,” Tracy said, referring to the ‘friendship’ element of DARA.

DARA’s Van engages directly with people who may require support and assistance, as well as access to information and other services.

Tracy believes it is particularly important for services like DARA and The Salvation Army to collaborate in achieving common goals.

“I think that we become stronger when we work together,” Tracy said.

DARA is committed to developing meaningful relationships with like-minded organisations like The Salvation Army that uphold a commitment to assisting the vulnerable.

DARA’s Van visits The Salvation Army Centre, Raymond Terrace every Wednesday night, from 5-7PM.

Both food and monetary donations are needed to continue their support of the marginalised in our community. If you can help, visit DARA’s website for more information.

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Alexander Foster is the Digital Communications Officer in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle