Mission for Independence

Guiding, supporting and equipping financially disadvantaged and unemployed people towards independence and self-management.

How The Mission helps people
People in distress due to unemployment, debt, accommodation issues and social isolation often access our Mission for Independence (MFI) programme. Many are minimum-wage workers, single-income earners or beneficiaries who find themselves unable to meet basic living costs.

Our Drop-in Centre (DIC), Foodbank, Community Services Advocate (CSA) and Financial Mentoring services are all elements of the programme. The DIC is a place that provides hot meals and shelter and fosters social connection for a variety of people. The Foodbank offers immediate assistance, but also helps relieve a major stress as clients focus on achieving positive long-term outcomes. The CSA connects people with the services they need, and Financial Mentoring (which offers budgeting advice and Total Money Management) provides people with assistance and education to move to sustainable financial management.

What happens at Mission for Independence
When someone first asks The Mission for help, one of MFI’s services is often their first connection point. Crucially, this service can form the gateway for people to access other Mission programmes and services – to identify their underlying issues, and discuss options and possibilities to address them – and get on track to a positive future. MFI also offers holistic support to the wide range of clients across all The Mission’s programmes, for example Mission for Families.

Looking forward
We recognise and value meaningful activities that give people a sense of belonging and achievement – such as employment, formal qualifications, volunteer work and other community participation. Through education and engagement, people are empowered to make the choices and changes that will help them live independently – not in isolation, but with more productive and sustainable self-management.

During 2016-17
• 189 people received Financial Mentoring and reduced their combined debt by $107,539.80.

• The Community Services Advocate helped resolve 247 different issues for a total of 116 clients.

• 29,554 meal servings (breakfasts, soups, mains, and desserts) were provided in the Drop-in Centre to 16,182 people.

• We gave out 3,010 food parcels.

• 12,959 separate financial transactions were made on behalf of clients using Total Money Management, through The Mission’s Trust account – worth a total of $938,258.89.

This service is free to people living in the Greater Wellington region. For more information please contact:

Olivia Lange
Community Programmes Manager
Phone: 04 245 0829