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Project 101

One Heart, One Home

Artist's impression of our new 4 level building for Project 101

“We’ve never had a new home - but we will now”
Graham - resident, Sacred Heart Community

To meet rising demands, we are currently undergoing the biggest and most transformational building project in Sacred Heart Mission’s 36-year history.

This redevelopment on the corner of Grey and Robe streets in St Kilda will provide accommodation, health and support services to people who are experiencing chronic disadvantage or homelessness.

"By providing a greater range of accommodation and care support we can prevent the need for premature entry into residential aged care services and have a positive impact on the number of older Australians living in unsuitable housing or on the street." - Cathy Humphrey, CEO, Sacred Heart Mission.

The five-year project will be developed in stages with an expected completion date for 2021. The four stages of the plan include:

  • Stage 1: Aged Care Facilities expansion and renovation into one new four-story building, increasing the number of beds to 97
  • Stage 2: Completion of a redevelopment of a 14-bed Supported Rooming House and expansion of our Hands on Health Clinic facilities delivering allied health services
  • Stage 3: Refurbishment and expansion of our safe and open access Women's House
  • Stage 4: Construction of a centralised administration hub.

We are currently in Stage 1 and over the past 22 months, the new Aged Care Facility has risen above the ground and reached its highest point. The residents are visibly excited about moving into a new facility they can call come and can’t wait to get the keys to their new rooms.

One Heart, One Home funding

The Australian Government is contributing $8.85 million to support this $27.3 million redevelopment project, with the balance being raised through philanthropy and the sale of an asset.

The private capital campaign to raise $8 million in philanthropic funds for this new engagement hub was officially kicked off in March 2016. With the support of Campaign Patron Paula Fox AO, Campaign Chair Gerry Ryan OAM and Campaign Directors Kerry Gillespie, Carolyn Young and Derek Young AM, we raised $8,277,932 and we exceeded our initial fundraising target.

Unfortunately, recent and unanticipated changes in the property market has meant our Avonsleigh Residence on Robe Street sold for less than planned, leaving us with a new funding challenge.

On 12 September 2018, we hosted the One Heart, One Home Giving Day, a one day only fundraising campaign, that raised an incredible $1.1 million and helped cover this funding gap.

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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.

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070959Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
06,476Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
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