Vincentian Centre in SA

The Vincentian Centre is a crisis accommodation, meals and support service for homeless and vulnerable men in Adelaide provided by St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) or Vinnies. Located on the eastern side of Whitmore Square, the centre’s aim is to help up to 47 men with their immediate needs and also support them towards sustainable independent living, in a caring, supportive and respectful way.

The Vincentian Centre services include accommodation in single, double or three person rooms, nutritional meals, showers, an introduction to case management and specialised assistance all provided in a safe welcoming environment.

The Vincentian Centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Who can access this service?

Men over the age of 18 with up to 47 beds are available for crisis accommodation for as long as required. Services will be provided to all guests, based on capacity and needs assessment.

Where is the service located?

The Vincentian Centre is located at 28 Whitmore Square, Adelaide and meals are provided from a dining centre located at 34 Whitmore Square.

What are the benefits from accessing this service?

All of the men participating in services offered at the Vincentian Centre can benefit from case management and gain assistance with life and living skills. We focus on supporting men to break the homelessness cycle and reduce the need for repeat crisis accommodation. A dedicated team of support workers, case workers and effective relationships with external agencies assist our guests with information, group work, skills training and a sympathetic ear.

What meals are provided?

The provision of tasty and nutritious meals to those in need is an important service –Breakfast is available in the Centre every morning and an evening meal is available in the dining centre every day between the hours of 6.30-7.00 pm.

What services are provided?

The Vincentian Centre has partnerships with many service providers and agencies to help the process of linking people with the right service at the right time. Men may decide to access the support of the Centre after leaving a facility or hospital, in a time of crisis or after living without accommodation for a period of time. Informal agreements are in place with the Frederic Ozanam Housing Association and the Hutt Street Centre

The Centre is examining ways to provide services that improve the quality of living and result in sustainable outcomes. These strategies include tackling daily living matters, building resilience and providing services that in the long term generate better outcomes for Vincentian Centre guests.

How is the Vincentian Centre funded?

The service to accommodate homeless men in crisis is funded primarily by the Government through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). Guests are requested to contribute to the Vincentian Centre cost of services by payment of a daily accommodation fee of $15. Men will not be denied service if they are unable to pay the daily fee. The accommodation fee is reviewed on an annual basis. 

How is the Vincentian Centre managed?

The Vincentian Centre is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) and operations and staff are under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer.

The Homeless Persons Accommodation and Services Committee (HPASC) is a committee appointed by the State Council of the Society to oversee strategic direction for the Centre and to monitor operations, finances, risk management principles, policies, and controls to ensure compliance with regulatory and government requirements.

A service agreement exists between the Government of South Australia and the St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) 

Can I volunteer for this service?

Volunteers are welcomed and play a vital role in supporting the Vincentian Centre in areas such as food preparation, maintenance and cleaning duties.

Please contact Ozanam House on (08) 8112 8700 for more information or visit our volunteering pages.

How can I find out more about the Vincentian Centre?

For more information, please contact the Vincentian Centre on (08) 8231 2250 or email svdp@svdpsa.org.au