Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service Inc. (DRERS) is still open. The way that we provide assistance has changed to prevent transmission of COVID-19. We are still open and here to help, but there is no public access into our premises.
If you are eligible, we will be able to provide you with financial assistance, food vouchers, food, and other assistance from our premises, even though you will not be able to enter the building. If you do not have access to a phone or email to contact us for assistance, please wait at least 1.5 metres away from the entrance of our building (lower level door) and one of our team will speak with you.
DRERS is open between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday. If you need our assistance then please contact us by 12:00 pm by the one following ways:
- 03 9754 7777
- 0468 468 430
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- please wait 1.5 metres away from our entrance
Our drop in centre (MiPlace) is now closed until further notice. Showers are available at Southern Cross Station Travelers' Aid.
Many, many thanks to Rotary Club of Belgrave for their very generous donation. We are so grateful, and truly appreciate the assistance provided by their financial donation. This is helpful at any time, but more than ever in these difficult times. Have you ever thought about volunteering with Rotary? They help so many, locally and globally, and they help DRERS too!
Thanks to the RACV for making, and delivering these yummy, healthy meals. A great initiative during this pandemic. These meals are made by chefs, with lovely ingredients, and delivered straight to our door. They have been very well received by people who we help.
January 30th 2020
MUSIC GIG FUNDRAISER
Hi all. Do you love music? Come on down to Sooki Lounge in Belgrave on Sunday March 1st for a music fundraiser with proceeds going to our charity. A big thanks to Sooki Lounge and all the artists for putting on this event.
January 28th 2020
OUR FOUNDERS AWARDED ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL (OAM)
Our charity's founders Frank & Meryl Watson were both awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for their service to the community of the Dandenong Ranges. Frank & Meryl started our charity 22 years ago and have dedicated their time to helping those in need. You can read more about their award in the Ranges Trader Newspaper: https://rangestrader.mailcommunity.com.au/news/2020-01-27/oams-dear-watsons/
January 13th 2020
Hello everyone. We hope everyone is well. Our Emergency Relief Service is open again starting Tuesday January 14th 2020. We will be open 9am-12:30pm. And from then on our opening hours will be the same as last year Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 12:30pm. Our Mi Place drop in centre will re-open Monday February 3rd 9am-2pm, and from then on Mon-Fri 9am-2pm. Our Op Shop is back open now. It's located half way down on the low side of the main street of Belgrave. Cheers.
December 19th 2019
END OF YEAR CLOSURE
Today, is the last day this year that our Emergency relief service and Mi Place drop in centre are open to the public. We will resume our Emergency relief service on Tuesday January 14th 2020. Our drop in centre will resume on Monday February 3rd 2020. We wish everyone all the best and stay safe.
Here are some contact details of other charities that may be able to help whilst we are closed over the Christmas break.
If you need help with mental health crisis support, try: SANE - ph: 1800 187 263, Beyond Blue - ph: 1300 224 636, Lifeline - ph: 13 11 14
If you help with emergency relief then try Hope on Friday in Tecoma - ph: 9754 6809, or Monbulk Care Network - ph: 9756 7800
For a more comprehensive list of available charities who help with Emergency relief and/or food assistance, please see the following link:
A huge thank you to everyone who supported us this year. We rely on the generosity of the public to help us provide the service we can for people in our community who are facing hardship. Whether it was food, pet food, gifts for our Christmas appeal, items to sell at our op shop, monetary donations, or anything else that helped us, we say a huge thank you. Our Christmas project was a success again this year, thanks to all who donated. There are too many businesses, organizations and individuals to thank, so we offer you all our biggest THANK YOU. To all of the people who received gifts and/or hampers, thank you for thanking our wonderful volunteers.
Our volunteers work hard all year, and the kind words and thanks they got was really appreciated. We really appreciate the hard work, and many hours they do, to help our community.
We offer our supporters, donors, clients and volunteers our gratitude and hope each and every one of you has a merry Christmas, and a happy new year.
Yours sincerely, Team DRERS.
PS: Because we are now on our annual break, it is unlikely that we will post anything for the next few weeks.
December 19th 2019
WE WILL BE POSTING ON INSTAGRAM!
Next year, we will begin posting on Instagram! This will be in addition to our facebook page, YouTube channel, and website which we will continue posting on. If you know anyone on Instagram, please let them know they can find us under the username: ranges_emergency_relief
(https://www.instagram.com/ranges_emergency_relief ) Thank you.
December 16th 2019
OUR CLOSURE DATES OVER CHRISTMAS
The last day that we are open to the public for Emergency Relief is Thursday the 19th December 2019, and we will re-open on Tuesday the 14th of January 2020. Our Mi Place drop in centre will be open for the last time this year on Thursday December the 19th 2019. Mi Place will re-open on Monday February the 3rd 2020.
December 16th 2019
WE CAN NOW ACCEPT DONATIONS BY CARD
G'day everyone. For anyone in a position to donate, we now are able to accept donations by card at our reception! We can send you an electronic receipt via sms or email. Help us to help our community. Many Thanks!
December 9th 2019
OUR SECOND EVER NEWS VIDEO UPDATE
Hi folks. Here's our second video giving the latest news from our charity. It's from our YouTube channel that we started recently.
December 2nd 2019
WE ARE CLOSED TOMORROW
Hi all. Tomorrow (Tuesday 3rd) the Belgrave Community Hub building where we are located will be closed due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will be open again on Wednesday the 4th from 9 - 12:30pm.
November 29th 2019
WE'VE STARTED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL
G'day everyone. We've started a YouTube channel. Here's our first video. It's a quick introduction about us and what our latest news is.
November 25th 2019
DROP OFF POINTS FOR CHRISTMAS FOOD
Hello! We have some drop off points for people to leave food for our Christmas Appeal. The following businesses in Belgrave have kindly agreed to collect any non-perishable food people in our community donate to our appeal. We'll then give this food to people who come in for help at our Emergency Relief centre. Thank you everyone for helping.
- Belgrave Picture Framing
- Sooki Lounge
- Little White Box
- Puffing Billy Railway
- First National Real Estate Ranges
- Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group
- Cognoscenti Wine Bar
- The Blacksmith
- The Laughing Owl
Suggested items to donate: long life milk, non-dairy long life milk, long life custard, jelly crystals, christmas cakes, christmas pudding, mince pies, gravy powder, tinned vegetables, coffee, sugar, tea, sweet buscuits, savoury biscuits, shortbread, crackers, sweets & lollies, potato chips, chocolate, nuts, canned fruit, pet food.
* we're also collecting new unwrapped toys for 0-17 year olds. See the November 14th update post further down the page for more details. Thank you.
November 15th 2019
Belgrave South Baptist Church are once again presenting 'Carols at Convention' on Saturday 14th December at the Belgrave Heights Convention Centre.
We will be fundraising at the ‘Carols at Convention’. This year we have moved into the 21st century and will have an eftpos facility available for donations. We will, of course, still be accepting cash donations. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.
5:00-6:30pm includes kids activities and food
6:30-8:30pm is the time the Christmas Carols are on
We hope that you can come along!
* bigger photo coming
Hi everyone. Over the next 5 weeks we are seeking donations of non-perishable food for our annual Christmas appeal. If you can help out by donating any of the items on the attached list, it would be much appreciated. Thank you for your support.
November 14th 2019
Hi all. We’ve begun our annual Christmas appeal! We’ve put up a Christmas giving tree in Belgrave library. We are looking for donations of new presents for 0-17 year olds. Presents can be placed under the tree or given to library staff. Please donate before December the 18th as that is the day we will be giving them out to clients. Presents don’t need to be wrapped as we need to display them on tables. Presents can also be left at our reception here at the Belgrave community hub Mon-Fri 9-12:30pm. Thank you very much!