Palmerston North Street Van

- To help people whatever the need, whenever possible -

About Palmerston North Street Van

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Who Are We?


A group of people from all walks of life and of all ages over 16 who care for people. All have been trained over four nights by 8 expert trainers. We represent 32 different churches from 16 different Denominations.

What we do


We have Street Vans on the streets of Palmerston North on Weekends at night with food and a hot drink for all who may need them. We also take people home who have been stranded or have no other safe way to get home We have many Volunteers who also help people at other times and in other ways as the need arises. We assist other groups with transportation when asked.
Street Van giving out food during weekends at night
The fund raising guy

Funding


We are largely a volunteer organisation funded mostly through community support and the Friends of The Street Vans. We fund raise with Sausage sizzles, Street day appeals, in fact any way we can We receive no financial support from either the Government or the City Council. If you wish to make a donation you can do so through our website http://www.pnsv.org.nz/

Our Services

Support Programme

We facilitate programmes for people suffering from addictions in one way or another.

The 12 Steps to Freedom Programme

Is a program for people affected by addiction is some way both addicts and family members (but not at the same time). It is run over 14 weeks with a 2 hour session each week. Step 4 is over a Saturday from 9:30am till 4:30pm and step 12 is held at a weekend camp. All the costs are meet by the Friends of Street Van in some cases people do make a donation.

Annette's Story

"I have fought my problems with alcohol addiction and dealing with my past hurts for many years. When alcohol and the problems facing it got too much I hit rock bottom. I lost my self respect, my families trust lost jobs and the hardest of all I almost lost my 2 boys who meant so much to me." "Once I admitted I wouldn't deal with all my problems and I depended on alcohol as an escape I went to the A&D clinic for help. After several years of counseling I finally went to a rehab for help. At the rehab I spent 2 months away from reality and tried to find answers to beat my addiction and enjoy life. The rehab helped me to stay off alcohol and have time to myself but I didn't really learn a lot about how to forgive past hurts and feel good about myself. When I got home to reality I relapsed several times." "In the end my friend Ros who has stuck with me through all my problems put me onto the 12 step programmeme At this time I was in another destructive relationship and was on the way to rock bottom." "Going to the 12 step programme helped me so much. It saved me from a destructive relationship and a relapse. And most of all it made me feel good about myself. I think the reason for this was that Lew has been through the battle of an addiction and knows how to make people comfortable and forgive themselves and others that have hurt them." "As the saying goes: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference. I would recommend anyone who has any kind of addiction or is finding life too hard to go on this course. It saved my life!"

Parent Support Group

A group of parents whose children are affected by addictions, meet each month to support and encourage each other. A place where information can be shared to make others life's more tolerable

Work Place Program

A program for work sites no matter how big or small. Runs for 3 hours and can be delivered in 3 X 1 hour sessions' or 2 X 1.5 hour sessions or a 3 hour session with a brake in the middle. This program is aimed at giving out information and making people more aware of the dangers of Drugs in the work place.

Public Speaking

We have people who will go out to groups to speak about Drugs or the work we do. This can be of any length of time that may be required.

Check on our pamplets and newsletters below

 

Should Christians educate their children about drugs?

 

You may say to yourself, why should I need to drug proof my children. I am a Christian and i bought my children up in a Christian environment and I believe they are Christians as well. Therefore they should not be affected by drugs and drug culture. I wish this was true.........Click here to read more!

Is Marijuana a Harmless Drug or Not? You Decide

 

Is Marijuana a Harmless Drug or Not? You Decide

 

This pamphlet on marijuana has some very up-to date information. You have to decide if Marijuana is harmless or not.......Click here to read more!

Designer Drugs or Legal Highs?

  

Designer Drugs or Legal Highs?

 

The term "designer drugs" refers to drugs that are created in a laboratory (typically, an "underground," or secret, illegal lab). A designer drug is.......Click here to read more!

Help for Family and Friends of the People who use 'P' Methamphetamine

 
Help for Family and Friends of the People who use ';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;P';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Methamphetamine

 

This 12 page booklet has been written to help the family and friends of those who are addicted to "P" Methamphetamine. It can help answer some of those nagging questions......Click here to read more!

How to Develop a Drug and Alcohol free Workplace

 

How to Develop a Drug and Alcohol free Workplace

 

This guide is for every employer. It will enable employers to develop, implement and maintain a drug-free workplace (DFW) program......Click here to read more!

 


 


Support Us

Make a Donation

We care for people! If you would like to help please make a donation.

We are largely a volunteer organization funded mostly through community support and the Friends of The Street vans. We fundraise with Sausage sizzles, Street day appeals, in fact any way we can. We are not funded by the Government at all. Our main funding source is from Donations and Fundraising. The Government can only do so much - then it is up to us!

Friends of Street Van


The Friends of Street Van make it possible for us to keep on giving our services free of charge. For more info on the Friends of Street Van.

Shepherd's Rest


The residents at Shepherd's rest do pay some board which does not cover the costs of the outgoings from the rest. If you would like to know more just send an email to pnsv@pnsv.org.nz.


Where the money goes

$5 a month to the Friends of the Street Van will help us plan ahead.

$5 will help us purchase educational material.

$10 will help towards the cost of clothing someone.

$25 a nights accommodation and food for 1 person.

$50 will supply 2 families with full parent support information.

$125 will keep a van on the street for a week.

$200 will enable a support group to run for 4 months.

$500 will employ a full time worker for 2 weeks.


NZ Bank Transfer Payment

Please contact us for our bank account details if you would like to make a donation.


Cheque/Money Order

Make Payable To: Palmerston North Street Van Inc

Send To:

Palmerston North Street Van Inc
PO Box 5477
Palmerston North
Manawatu, New Zealand

Phone: 06 3563337
Fax: 0064-06-356-6199

Testimonies

David

My name is David. At a very early age I became involved with drugs and alcohol. As a child I spent many years in boys and family homes and I grew up as a rebellious child and became involved with the Gangs. My first experience of prison was at 16 years old and I was in and out of prison for just under 20 years.

Kareen

My name is Kareen. When I was born I was three months premature. I died 3 times at birth and had a hernia on my belly button and weighed less than 3 pounds. My real mum didn't want me and gave me up. I was left in an incubator for days with soiled nappies unchanged and hardly any human contact. I only had a nappy on, no clothes.

Meriam

My name is Meriam. I would like to share with you my thoughts on being a wife of a full time Street Van worker. I am sure that some of you can relate to how I feel as a wife and mother of 3 growing children and as a Street Van volunteer. Really being a volunteer made me able to realize what my husband's job is all about.

Pat

Hi there guys, my name is Pat and I've been a junkie for 32 years, A lot of which I've spent in prisons around the countryside for things like breaking into chemist shops, Doctors surgeries, forging prescriptions and telling doctors stories, to obtain drugs.

Audrey & Annette

I have fought my problems with alcohol addiction and dealing with my past hurts for many years. When alcohol and the problems facing it got too much I hit rock bottom. I lost my self respect, my families trust lost jobs and the hardest of all I almost lost my 2 boys who meant so much to me.

Herold

At the age of 7 years I was put into a welfare home with my 2 sisters and 4 brothers. My mum and dad were both alcoholics. I spent the next 10 years in different welfare homes around the country. Even though we were pushed from pillar to post, I never stopped loving mum. Dad was a different story. I hated him for what he had done to mum. Fifteen years later I went looking for him. When I did find him, I could not bring myself to touch him. I turned away and it was the last time I saw him.

Christina

I would like to take this opportunity to write about what I got out of "The 12 Step Program" run by Lew Findlay.

Ian

Through friends I heard about 12 Steps with a man called Lew Findlay. I had trouble reading and writing and heard Lew use to too, that he would understand about my disability. I had a little bit of understanding about the 12 Steps.

Angela

My name is Angela I have lived in Shepherds Rest for about six months. I came from out of town, saw an ad in the newspaper for accommodation "To Let" it suited my situation at the time as I didn't have anywhere else to live. I enjoy living here because I have people around me 24 hours 7 days a week and they are very friendly. They are there for support if needed.

Contact Us

Please contact us at pnsv@pnsv.org.nz


29, King St
Palmerston North, 4410
T: 06 3563337
F: 0064-06-356-6199
PO Box 5477
Palmerston North
Manawatu, New Zealand