As winter rapidly approaches, let me firstly sincerely thank you again for your much appreciated interest and support of Samaritan House Geelong. We are dependent on the incredible support of the Geelong Community – without this, we simply couldn’t look after the homeless men we support.
Whilst we have entered into a new year – post the challenges of 2020, unfortunately COVID-19 continues to impact our community, continuing to impact aspects of our community, economy and lifestyle.
As I reported to you late last year, in November 2020 and in conjunction with the Salvation Army, we were able to re-open Samaritan House and make it available to men who could undertake a special residential program called the Accommodation Living Skills Program. This great new program assists our guests with core living skills, builds on their personal strengths, provides helpful information about housing and create tools to help them in finding suitable longer-term accommodation.
This is a great next step given all the circumstances. This new program very much accords with our overall mission of Samaritan House as a place of “…transition to a better future.”
Since November, we have received some amazing feedback from the men who have been undertaking the programs.
“This program has provided me with hope, I feel like when I leave, I will know how to do what I need to do.”
“This program has helped me address so much more than housing; I haven’t gambled for 3 weeks.”
“Thank-you for the support, everyone from the program, the board, Salvos,
I can’t fault it, it’s been superb.”
The other major development is that each house guest, after completing the Accommodation Living Skills Program will have the opportunity to occupy one of seven on-site units for a period of up to six months as they re-establish their lives. Below is an image of what the completed units will look like on-site. Work is well underway and we hope to have these units available for their first residents in the third quarter of 2021.
The project has been a great collaboration with Deakin University School of Architecture, Gordon Institute of TAFE, the manufacturer FormFlow, and many other generous companies and individuals.
As you well know, the issue of the homeless in our community sadly continues. Samaritan House Geelong fills a vital role in supporting men who find themselves – often for a myriad of issues – without a place to live safely. We work with and assist some of the most disadvantaged people in our community.
Your previous support for the work of Samaritan House Geelong with homeless men has been outstanding. If at all possible, we would greatly appreciate your consideration of a donation for this year’s Winter Appeal. Donations, which are fully tax deductible, can be made through this website.
On behalf of my fellow Board members, thank you again for your support.
Keith Fagg OAM