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St Mary's House of Welcome




Sixty years ago, the Daughters of Charity saw a desperate need and responded; opening a soup kitchen on Brunswick Street to feed people who were destitute and homeless, living in the slums and on the streets, of inner-city Melbourne.

That soup kitchen became known as St Mary’s House of Welcome. 

St Mary’s House of Welcome' – in the spirit of the Daughters of Charity – we are dedicated to providing support to people experiencing chronic homelessness and disadvantage in whatever way it’s required.

St Mary's House of Welcome provides basic essential services to people who are homeless and experience poverty, severe and persistent mental health issues, and those who are extremely isolated and socially marginalised.

Many of those who come to St Mary’s House of Welcome for help experience multiple issues: sleeping rough, drug addiction, poverty, childhood trauma, mental illness, institutionalization, street drinking, all of which adds up to chronic social and health problems. 

St Mary’s House of Welcome's open-door policy means that anyone who needs assistance can come to the centre for practical assistance. Whether it’s a meal, a shower and a change of clean clothes or other material aid, or more specialist support such as information, referral to access specialist services, legal support and emergency relief.

In addition to these basic services, we also provide a comprehensive monthly program of structured activities (art and craft groups, fishing group, pool competition, choir, gardening) with an emphasis on creating greater social inclusion opportunities for those who are so excluded from many of the things most of us take for granted.

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165-169 Brunswick Street


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