St Mary’s History
St Mary’s history
St Mary’s was opened so that the hungry could be invited inside to be served a meal with dignity. The initial building at 167 Brunswick Street provided a kitchen and dining room, clothing storage, office space, shower and clinic facilities. Since 1960 the services offered have become more sophisticated, with social and welfare workers employed to assist those coming for a meal – recognizing the opportunity to connect and engage with people visiting the center for its services.
In 2009 a new renovated building was opened at 165-169 Brunswick Street – a welcoming space that is both comfortable and dignified for those who use it. New facilities include a women’s room, training kitchen, arts and crafts room, computer training room, multi purpose room and health clinic.
Today, as a charity and public benevolent institution, St Mary’s House of Welcome continues to provide support, solutions and hope for hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged people in the City of Yarra, with hundreds of volunteers contributing to this mission each year.