Our friends over at Hawthorn West Baptist started Servants Community Housing 30 years ago and have seen it grow into an effective and life-transforming ministry. They describe it as follows:
“Servants Community Housing has been operating affordable accommodation and safe housing for those on low incomes for over a quarter of a century in Hawthorn, and more recently in Kew.
Our passion is built around offering a structure in which vulnerable individuals—many of whom suffer from long-term mental illnesses—can live in relative comfort.
All too often we find our residents have been afforded little dignity or respect in their lives prior to being housed by Servants. Perhaps they have been homeless, they may have left a psychiatric ward for the first time, experienced a relationship breakdown, loss of employment, substance issues… Residents find a safe and secure place with Servants and tend to stay with us for many years, enjoying a strong connectedness and sense of community. That’s because our model of housing is breathtakingly simple, founded on the belief that each individual is worthwhile.”
CEO Matt Maudlin says that “Our Christian heritage is of great importance, as evidenced by our value of every person as created in God’s image. We seek to serve residents, offering them the respect, dignity and hope that they deserve. Our vision is to create more carefully crafted communities throughout Victoria where some of the most vulnerable members of our society will call home.”
Recently the Federal Government has given a $300,000 grant specifically for the starting of a much needed women’s only facility. If you would like to contribute to this project or other needs, please go to www.servants.org.au or call Servants on 9819 6073.
Another way you can get involved is joining the team that goes to Carrical House in Hawthorn once a month on a Saturday between 5-7:30pm. As a church we have had people involved in putting on a BBQ there and befriending residents for the last 7 years. I enjoyed going along for 2 years when I first started at KBC. Talk to any of the team about it, or contact the office for more info. Let’s all prayerfully, if not with actions and finance too, support this ministry.