Working with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has always been a key focus of the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria.
Each year more than $2M is expended by the Society to assist people in the prevention of becoming homeless and also supporting them in their journey out of homelessness. Our major fundraising event, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, raises community awareness of this issue and generates funds to assist our services.
Throughout the Society's 167-year history we have provided services for people experiencing homelessness. Our first night refuge was opened in Fitzroy in 1887, providing beds and meals to 'destitute men' until its closure in 1904.
Our most notable homeless service is Ozanam House, located in North Melbourne for the past 66 years. Initially opened in September 1955 and, after a major redevelopment in 2019, Ozanam House today is a modern and fully integrated homelessness accommodation and resource centre.
Our Vinnies soup vans provide food and companionship to people living rough on the streets or in boarding houses every night. Last year, 250,735 meals were provided by our vans.
Every week our members are helping people who are struggling financially with day to day expenses such as paying the rent which, if not done, could easily lead them into homelessness.
We believe our work impacts lives, easing burdens and gives hope for a better future. To read more from our State President, click here
We hope you enjoy this issue of Societynews which features our good works in homelessness.
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