Donate a meal and ignite hope this Christmas

Photo of Peter, our Sacred Heart Community resident

For Peter, a meal at our Dining Hall was the first step to turning his life around.

This festive season, your support of the Dining Hall will give people the chance to connect, gain access to critical support, and importantly, break the cycle of homelessness, for good.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Peter came to study in Australia in a time when his home country struggled with racial segregation and political instability.

Peter was granted a Commonwealth Scholarship to study economics at Swinburne University where he graduated with a degree in Economics, with Honors.

When Peter’s marriage sadly broke down, his mental health declined and - at 43 years old - he found himself without a home.

While staying at a temporary accommodation in Balaclava, Peter discovered our Dining Hall and this was the spark he needed.

“It’s the most brilliant thing I ever did. Good meals, friendly people. It was a safe place.” - Peter

After regular visits to the Dining Hall, and continued interactions with our experienced staff, Peter had the opportunity to move into Sacred Heart Community, our residential aged care service.

Here, Peter found a home for life and a welcoming community. “I would say [Sacred Heart Community] is a healing place,” Peter says.

Support our Dining Hall this Christmas

Peter’s story highlights how a meal at the Dining Hall can be the first step in improving a person’s life. A meal helps us build trust and a relationship with someone, which can:

  • Connect them back into their community;
  • Break down the barriers standing in their way when seeking help;
  • Support them in their recovery after experiencing significant trauma;
  • Start them on the path out of homelessness, for good.

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Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.


Sacred Heart Mission believes that the diversity of abilities, genders, sexualities, relationship identities, bodies and cultures in our community enriches us all and should be celebrated. Everyone is welcome at our table.