Our not-for-profit organisation

Our resident John is wearing a dapper velvet brown jacket, bow-tie and check fedora while sitting in a lush garden

It all starts with a welcome, a meal, a relationship…

Every day of the year we assist hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty to find shelter, food, care and support.

Sacred Heart Mission has a long history of effectively assisting the most disadvantaged members of our community to rebuild their lives. Since opening our doors in 1982, the Mission has evolved into an innovative organisation, sustained by a deep pool of generosity and support from the community.

We greatly benefit from the support of the wider community which ensures we can continue to develop and innovate into the future, offering greater choices and integrated services so people can have the benefit of carefully tailored support that addresses their individual needs. We recognise everybody is unique. No matter where they are in their journey, we are here to support them. Everyone is welcome at our table.

We offer services in St Kilda and surrounding areas in Melbourne’s inner south-east region as well as women's accommodation in Reservoir and Thomastown. Many of our services are provided in partnership or collaboration with other organisations and agencies.

Although the majority of our ‘on the ground’ services focus on the City of Port Phillip area, our research, policy and advocacy work aims to address the underlying causes of deep, persistent disadvantage throughout Australia.

With someone in their corner, people who have faced extraordinary disadvantage and repeated episodes of trauma, can find the courage to face the challenges in their life. We are in this for the long haul - we are committed to making a sustainable difference in people’s lives.


0128,000Meals served through our meals program over the last year
070959Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
06,476Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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