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Residents of Sacred Heart Central standing with time capsule

7 June 2018

When Graham leads you through the hallways and corridors of Sacred Heart Community, you can see how he got the nickname ‘Poppa G’.

This nickname has followed him since his days as a social worker in Darwin supporting refugee children from East Timor.

Nowadays, Graham is the Resident Representative at Sacred Heart Community. He is the kind of person who effortlessly finds himself at the centre of all the action. He cares deeply about the residents and can only walk ten paces before he is stopped to have a chat.

The residents, Graham’s friends and roommates, at Sacred Heart Community are patiently waiting for their new home as we progress with One Heart, One Home (also known as Project 101), a $27.3 million redevelopment of our buildings between the corners of Robe and Grey streets.

With construction now in full swing, Graham and his fellow residents thought it would be a good idea to create a time capsule for the new building as a way of remembering past and present residents.  

The residents gathered together to contribute various mementos to the capsule, then made a trip to Dandenong to watch the time capsule get cast in a column that will form part of the new building.

“I wrote a letter explaining to future residents what it’s like here. I spoke about all of the people I have met and the family I have made for myself,” Graham says.

As you will have read in previous issues, One Heart, One Home is a redevelopment project that will provide appropriate and specialised accommodation as well as support services to the community.

The first stage involves constructing a new building that merges our two existing aged care buildings - Sacred Heart Community and Avonsleigh - increasing the number of beds to 97.

Graham, who once struggled with alcoholism, has been a resident at Sacred Heart Community for five years and feels the place has become a part of him.

“Sacred Heart Community is a roof over my head, a new family and it’s very special to me,” Graham says.

“The staff are all so welcoming - nothing is too much for them. Without this place, I’d probably be dead.”

The residents are looking forward to having everyone under the one roof and continuing to build a community.

The construction crew have now completed excavation of the site. Precast panels have been installed, the time capsule has been incorporated into its permanent home, and the level 1 slab has been poured.

While the residents are excited to see such progress, the new building represents much more than just a construction site.

“We’ve never moved into a new home before, and now, well, we have a home for life.”

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to everyone who has supported One Heart, One Home. Together we have raised more than $8 million. More importantly, we are well on our way to securing a brand new home of life-changing support for people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.

We are almost there. Unfortunately due to changes in the property market, our Avonsleigh Residence sold for less than anticipated, leaving us with a $900,000 funding challenge.

We now need your help. On Wednesday 12 September will be launching a crowdfunding campaign, our One Heart, One Home Giving Day to secure the final installment needed to secure this new home for people who need it most.

To make a donation to One Heart, One Home and support the new building, please contact Nicole Punte, Relationship Manager on (03) 9536 8470 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or please donate here.

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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