Don’t miss a beat – with our newsletter, Heartbeat

Join our community of Heartbeat subscribers and keep up-to-date with how your support is making all the difference. Every month, we’ll share:

  • Inspiring stories from our staff, volunteers and clients
  • News from our programs and services
  • Information and updates on homelessness in Australia
  • Ideas how you can get involved
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Past newsletters

Volunteer chopping food

How our services change lives

Heartbeat February 2023

We collected feedback from people who attend our Engagement Hubs about what they think of Sacred Heart Mission’s services.

Learn what they had to say in the February edition of our newsletter.

Char Hunter, volunteer at Northcote op shop

The new generation driving positive change

Heartbeat January 2023

Meet Char – our Generation Z volunteer who is looking to make a huge impact through our op shops.

Find out more about Char and how you can contribute in the January issue of our newsletter.

Woman looking into the distance

A visit to the Dining Hall can change a life

Heartbeat December 2022

Isobel has a remarkable story – she went from being the CEO of a big company to experiencing homelessness in the blink of an eye.

Read more about Isobel and how you can help this festive period in the December issue of our newsletter.

Two people standing in front of a colourful quilt

Creating a feeling of belonging

Heartbeat November 2022

At Sacred Heart Community, our residential aged care home, we offer a unique lifestyle program to ensure our residents feel safe and connected to their community.

Find out more about our resident-focused and driven approach in this issue of our newsletter.

Client and Case Manager sitting in a park and satting

Housing is essential for good mental health

Heartbeat October 2022

Homelessness and mental ill health are inextricably linked. To combat the barriers for people experiencing poor mental health and homelessness, Sacred Heart Mission partners with Alfred Health’s Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service.

Find out more about our partnership and how it benefits our clients and the community.

Hang Vo, Sacred Heart Mission CEO

Meet our new CEO, Hang Vo!

Heartbeat September 2022

Sacred Heart Mission has announced our incoming CEO, Hang Vo! Hang comes to us with over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and will take up the role of CEO in December 2022 following the retirement of current CEO, Cathy Humphrey. 

Read more about Hang in this Heartbeat issue and find out why she is excited to join the Sacred Heart Mission family.

A Meals Program staff member prepares food in the Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is open!

Heartbeat August 2022

More than two years and 250K+ takeaway meals later, your generous and continued support has made it possible to open our doors.

Two men walking, their faces are turned towards each other

A plan to end homelessness

Heartbeat August 2022

More than two years and 250K+ takeaway meals later, your generous and continued support has made it possible to open our doors.

Group photo of our GreenLight Supportive Housing team

For a future free from homelessness

Heartbeat July 2022

Imagine finally being approved for a public or community housing property when you have never had a tenancy before. You move into your property, but you don’t have the support you need, and the tenancy breaks down. This is exactly what our GreenLight program works to prevent as they support clients with everything related to their tenancy.

Client Mandy hugging her cat

Mandy’s story: “Homelessness is not a choice”

Heartbeat June 2022

Homelessness was the reality for Mandy since she was a teenager. But worrying about how cold it will be tonight is no longer a concern for her. Through our Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program, she is in stable housing for the first time in a long time. Read her story in this edition of the Heartbeat newsletter.

Cathy Humphrey, CEO Sacred Heart Mission

Our next chapter

Heartbeat May 2022

After 20 wonderful years working at Sacred Heart Mission, including the last decade as CEO, Cathy Humphrey will be retiring at the end of this year.

Parliament House, Canberra

Vote to end homelessness on 21 May

Heartbeat April 2022

The 2022 Federal Election is a time to think about how we can create change in our society, and support people experiencing chronic homelessness and disadvantage to exit homelessness for good. Learn in this edition, how you can use your vote to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home.

John Taru, Peer Support Worker at Sacred Heart Mission

Supporting clients into meaningful work

Heartbeat March 2022

At Sacred Heart Mission our aim is to not only assist our clients out of homelessness, but to ensure they have the opportunity to engage fully in community life – which includes participating in meaningful work. This is where our Workforce Participation Worker, John Taru, come in.  Find out in this edition, how he supports our clients.