Queensland needs to learn that what works in Queensland does …

Comment on Vinnies in Alice barely surviving by Kate.

Queensland needs to learn that what works in Queensland does not work in Alice Springs!
I have volunteered at Vinnies for the past 15 years. During this time I have seen some exceptional managers and some extremely average ones.
Melissa and Ruth were in the exceptional category. They gave it their all and put so many hours of their own time to make sure Vinnies was successful.
When Melissa was employed food van, emergency relief, community work and the shop were all doing amazingly. She asked for one day off a week to study (which would help her role as manager). This was denied as they wanted full time. Melissa would have still been doing over her hours.
It was a bit of a no brainier win win situation for Vinnies. The Alice Springs Conference backed her.
Queensland decided to release her! 40+ volunteers and two staff walked out in disgust at the way she was treated.
They flew in two fly-ins from Queensland over a period of four months. They were to turn the shop into a carbon copy of Queensland ones!
Both managers, after they realised no one will pay $140 for a beat up 1960s bag in Alice, went back and told them Queensland ways won’t work here! One of them wrote a four page letter in regards to this.
Queensland would not listen.
Vinnies conference always had the managers backs and were great!
They too were sacked as Queensland did not like what they had to say either!
Ruth came in to pick up the pieces alone! She did amazingly and the shop was looking good. You would see her in at 7am doing the books just trying to keep on top of things.
Queensland would not give her any staff! Melissa had two! They set her up for failure in their money grabbing attempt!
She worked so hard with skeleton volunteers as Queensland were still dictating their un-Christian like behavior.
Now they have done this! Appalling behaviour!
Alice Springs needs to take it back from Darwin and Queensland and run itself!
Darwin and Queensland have destroyed Vinnies for Alice Springs. It is very needed here and will now put stress on other agencies in town.
This is very sad for all of Alice Springs and the people who worked so hard to make Vinnies what it was!
Very un-Christian like Vinnies Queensland and Darwin!

Kate Also Commented

Vinnies in Alice barely surviving
In regards to the statement from “Vinnies” – they did nothing to answer questions and complaints with their generic statement!
It was an acknowledgement so they didn’t look like they are ignoring this article. But all it did was made them look stupid and show they do not care about Alice Springs!
Queensland and the bullying is the only reason there is no food van, ER and they are struggling!
Some volunteers were even bullied and treated like they were clueless when they wrote and rang Queensland management with their concerns.
“We are from Alice Springs” what would we know about anything?!
I feel so sorry for all the wonderful past staff, conference and volunteers of Vinnies both past and present who have fought and worked so hard and tirelessly to uphold the values of St Vincent de Paul … only to have them torn down in such an un-Christian like manner!
The only people who sadly suffer in all this are the people of Alice Springs!


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