No homeless man need sleep rough in Geelong
Greetings. We are now well into 2019 so it is timely to give you a short update.
Samaritan House Geelong continued to be under high demand over the Christmas and New Year period to support homeless men. Our vision is that “No homeless man need sleep rough in Geelong” and Tim Wilson & his team of volunteers so their best to achieve this
We consistently have over 80% occupancy – in February 2019, it was 95% - and often completely full. The reason we are not 100% all the time - which we could well be - is that our guest mix is carefully managed to ensure safety for guests and our overnight volunteers.
Our service is professionally managed by SalvoConnect and this agreement is working well. This connection is both practical and strategic. However, our service could not operate without our cohort of volunteers, who we estimate put in approx. 12,000hours each year. This has been estimated to be nominally worth $385,000 pa, so is a huge contribution by any measure.
We are always keen to speak with people who would like to discuss volunteering with us – there are a variety of opportunities. Just download the form in the “Support Us” part of our website.
Our 2019 Winter Appeal will be launched soon. This is a very important fundraiser for us as we rely totally on the Geelong and wider community to enable us to do what we do. Of course you can donate to support our work at any time – just click on the “Donate” button on our homepage.
On a longer term basis, the Board is beginning to investigate the opportunities that the land at the rear of our property may present for five or six one-bedroom, independent transitional units for our guests as a next step in the re-establishment of their lives. SalvoConnect consistently reports that there is a huge lack of affordable housing In Geelong for our guests to move into. Being on-site, we could then provide an even better transitional support service to our guests. Of course, this will involve a detailed planning process and sourcing funding for both the capital costs, additional staff and other resourcing , etc. so this concept is still at the very early stages – watch this space!
We look forward to the year ahead. Thanks for your support of Samaritan House Geelong.
Keith Fagg OAM
All donations are most welcome – every little bit counts - and will make a genuine difference to the lives of homeless men. All donations to Samaritan House Geelong Ltd of $2 or more are tax deductible.
There are many ways to donate financially.
The easiest way to donate is securely online by clicking the Donate Now button
If you would like to make a payment by electronic funds transfer our bank account details are:
NAME: Samaritan House Geelong
BANK: Bendigo Bank
REREFENCE: Your name
*Please email us the details for the tax deductible receipt. We can send this by reply email once we match it up in our bank account.
Cheques or money orders made payable to Samaritan House Geelong Ltd can be sent to PO BOX 5047, East Geelong VIC 3219.
*Please include your name and address so that we can send you a tax deductible receipt.
SUPPORT US FOR A WEEK
Did you know $4,000 will keep Samaritan House open for a week? Perhaps you, your business or your group could consider supporting us for one week. Becoming a weekly supporter is a powerful way to support those affected by homelessness in our community. DONATIONS OF GOODS
With 13 men in our care, Samaritan House Geelong has many needs. Here is a Wish List of items we are always on the look-out for:
- Food donations
- Bulk frozen meats
- Bulk tinned goods
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Body wash
- Laundry detergent
- Stationery (pens, pencils, pads)
If you are interested in donating, please contact us
Thank you for your interest in supporting Samaritan House Geelong.