How the Dining Hall keeps people cool in summer
Heartbeat February 2024
People experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable to extreme weather conditions.
Read on to see how the Dining Hall brings reprieve from the elements.
This is how we help women exit homelessness
Heartbeat January 2024
Homefront, our Women’s crisis accommodation service, acts as a circuit breaker for women experiencing homelessness.
Read on to see how Homefront is making a difference.
A thank you from the team
Heartbeat December 2023
A heart felt thank you from everyone at Sacred Heart mission for all your support over the last year!
Read on to see all the milestones we achieved together this year.
In his thirties, Tyson moved into his first ever home
Heartbeat November 2023
Many of our clients at Sacred Heart Mission experience social and economic exclusion as a result of their homelessness experiences. This Social Inclusion Week (18-26 November) you’ll meet Tyson, who has a long history of drug use and incarceration but has turned his life around and is now employed.
Read on to hear about his story of resilience and reconnection.
Celebrating our new Campus of Care
Heartbeat October 2023
Earlier this month we celebrated the completion of our multi-stage redevelopment with staff, volunteers, clients, supporters and neighbours. It was beautiful seeing the community come together for this milestone in Sacred Heart Mission’s history and to honour the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in this project that has been more than six years in the making.
Read more about the celebration in this month’s newsletter!
Get behind the voice to parliament!
Heartbeat September 2023
When you cast your vote on 14 October 2023, please consider that the current approach is not working. It hasn’t worked for over 200 years. Indigenous people experience poorer health, education and housing outcomes than non-Indigenous people. First Nations people are also overrepresented in our client group.
Read Andrea’s story in this month’s newsletter to see how our services are helping Indigenous Australians.
The impact you are making
Heartbeat August 2023
In marking Homelessness Week (7-13 August), we surprised staff and donors with feedback from our clients. Watch the video in our newsletter to see their emotional reactions and find out how your support is making a real impact.
Our Campus of Care has opened its doors
Heartbeat July 2023
Our multi-stage redevelopment project is finally completed, and we have opened our new Campus of Care to clients. A big part of the development is providing housing for vulnerable people in the community. Our new site, 99 on Grey, provides 14 new studio apartments for older people who have a strong connection to the St Kilda area, experience chronic homelessness and are eligible for social housing.
A cooking program helps women gain independence
Heartbeat June 2023
All our services enhance that sense of connection by fostering social inclusion, independence and building life skills, which are key in ensuring people can maintain their housing in the long term and recover from homelessness. A great example is our cooking program at Bethlehem Community, a residential service for women. Read all about it in this issue of our Heartbeat newsletter.
Make Change this National Volunteer Week
Heartbeat May 2023
During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate and recognise our volunteers who help at Sacred Heart Mission’s op shops, Dining Hall, Women’s House and other areas of the Mission. Their kindness and care changes lives.
“Once I had enough money to live, I turned a corner”
Heartbeat April 2023
Luke’s journey of homelessness began after his place was redeveloped, and he needed to move. Through no fault of his own, he ended up sleep in his car.
Read on to hear Luke’s story and how he turned a corner.
Meet the women making a difference
Heartbeat March 2023
Op shop team members Lisa, Bella and Shweta come from different walks of life. Their experiences enrich our community and bring different perspectives and ideas to our stores.
Read more about Lisa, Bella and Shweta, and how your support can help end homelessness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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