HELP NEEDED: Pastor Lyn Borthistle is appealing for help to find a new home for her fundraising op shop.
HELP NEEDED: Pastor Lyn Borthistle is appealing for help to find a new home for her fundraising op shop. Liana Turner

Charity struggles without a home

A GROUP hoping to open a homeless shelter has now found itself without a roof over its head.

Pastor Lyn Borthistle, of the Tweed Community Open Arms Ministry, said her month-to-month lease at the Bay St, Tweed Heads shop had been terminated last week.

While the keys were changed last Wednesday, the group was given the rest of the week to move its many donations out of the opportunity shop.

But now they have nowhere to store the items, and nowhere from which to operate.

Ms Borthistle hoped someone in the community would be able to help.

“I just don’t know what to do,” she said.

Ms Borthistle said while volunteers had rallied together to help with moving the goods, having nowhere to take them meant they had to leave the items in the shop when the doors were locked for the last time on Friday afternoon.

“We can’t move it anywhere,” Ms Borthistle said.

“I can’t pick this stuff up and put it on the road. It’s the community’s stuff and we’ve got nowhere to put it.”

Ms Borthistle, who has been desperately searching for another building for weeks, held out hope someone would be able to lend a hand.

“We’re trying to get a building,” she said.

“The community owns this stuff. There’ll be someone out there in the community with a shed or something.

“I’m sure someone can help.”

While she could no longer operate from the store, Ms Borthistle was hopeful she’d still be able to relocate the many items donated by the community.

Ms Borthistle has been raising funds for several years in the hope of opening a homeless shelter in Tweed Heads. Anyone who is able to help can contact Ms Borthistle on 0481 139 190.



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