Sacred Heart Mission began in 1982 when Father Ernie Smith opened his door to people seeking food and housing. This welcoming response remains at the heart of the Mission's work and is continued today in all of our services.
Every day we assist hundreds of people who are homeless or living in poverty through a range of services including food, housing, health care and the support to re-connect with the community. We are committed to addressing the underlying causes of homelessness and disadvantage and getting people back on their feet permanently.
People who are homeless or living in poverty are often isolated and marginalised. The Mission offers a warm, welcoming environment in which people feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Our Meals Program is the cornerstone of the organisation. Every day of the year we serve around 150 breakfasts and 350 hot three-course nutritious lunches. Meals are free and we welcome all who visit. The relaxed and social environment in our Dining Hall provides the opportunity for our support workers to get to know people and to understand the challenges they are facing. People are then linked to the most appropriate services to receive assistance, such as:
• housing assistance
• emergency aid
• health clinic
• life skills development
• drug and alcohol support
• mental health team
• women's drop-in centre
• sports and recreation program
The Mission also offers accommodation at two aged care hostels, crisis accommodation for women and a 67-bed rooming house.