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    Servants Community Housing has been operating affordable accommodation and safe housing for those on low incomes for over thirty years in Hawthorn and 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 psychatric 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.

    Please join us on the journey as we seek to offer respect, dignity and hope to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Our CEO Amanda Donohoe recently shared her thoughts on 2018 and other recent Servants news with our mailing list subscribers. If you didn’t receive it you can read it via the link below, and you can easily subscribe below to make sure you don’t miss out on future Servants news and events.

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Women’s House Opened

On August 27th, we opened our women’s only house.  This will provide a safe, secure home for 7 women.  We thank Hawthorn West Baptist Church, Josh Frydenberg and the Federal Government, the Boroondara Cares Foundation, our financial donors and the many volunteers that rallied to make it happen.  We could not have done it without you.
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Women’s House Underway

We are thrilled that our dream of opening a women’s rooming house is soon to become a reality. We would like to say a big thanks to Josh Frydenberg and the Boroondara Cares Foundation for a huge help with the funding and to all the others that have helped and are continuing to do so, thanks to you also!

For more information about the announcement, read Josh Frydenberg’s press release.

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StreetBarber: Deaf but Not Voiceless

Another beautiful video from the StreetBarber. If you have missed this, please watch it. I promise you won’t regret the few minutes it takes you.

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Carols at Carrical, Sun Dec 17

Please note that in the case of inclement weather, we will relocate to Hawthorn West Baptist Church (36 Barton Street, Hawthorn – Corner of Hill Street)

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StreetBarber: Phil

We’ve been really glad to have had the Streets Barber crew visiting bi-monthly, getting to know some of our residents and in this case, listening to, learning and sharing their stories! Check it out.

Breaking Bad, REAL Bad, Bird-Call Champion Turned Drug Cook …

Phil has lived one hellova life! I’m so excited to share his story, it’s like a novel; a criminal past, life lessons in jail, manic bipolar disorder and at one point being Australia’s National Bird Calling Champion! He’s come a long way and has a lot to say about what he had to live through.Big Thanks to the Servants Community Housing ( Servants Community Housing Inc ) for hosting us. Video created by Round 3 CreativeGear donated by Offshoot Rentals

Posted by The Streets Barber on Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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Team Servants 2017

Want to donate?

You can just head to our Team Page

If you’d like to donate to a resident, you can view resident profiles here.

Want to run?

1. First, register for Run Melbourne

2. Then, go to our Team Page, press “Join Now” and follow the prompts to create your profile.

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Servants’ CEO

Amanda Donohoe, CEO

It is with delight that I introduce Amanda Donohoe as the CEO of Servants Community Housing. Amanda succeeds Matt Maudlin, who concluded his service with Servants on 11th January.

Amanda is already well known to many within Servant’s networks. Since 2010 she has served as Servants’ Operations Manager and has acted as CEO on a number of occasions. Since receiving Matt’s resignation in December, the committee of management has reviewed the needs of the organisation moving forward. That process confirmed our belief that Amanda was the right person to lead the organisation. We are confident that Amanda will provide Servants with the leadership it needs to continue to serve and support its residents, bring strategic initiatives to fruition, and live out the organisation’s values.

In her role as Operations Manager, Amanda has already played a significant role in development of Servants. Amanda brings deep experience and commitment to working with vulnerable people to the role. She spent thirteen years working among Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory in crisis housing, development and education roles. She has had two periods of employment with Servants. From 1989 -1992 she served as a live-in housekeeper at Carrical House. She returned to serve at Carrical in 2010 before being appointed Servants’ Operations Manager later that year. Over the last six years, Amanda has built trusted working relationships with residents, staff, supporters and stakeholders as she has consistently demonstrated competence in character and  in her work.

In announcing Amanda’s appointment, I also want to acknowledge the contribution made by her predecessor, Matt Maudlin. Matt joined Servants in 1998 and over 18 years oversaw the growth and development of Servants from a single household at Carrical to an organisation which operates three properties that eighty-nine residents and a group of committed housekeepers call “home”. He built strong connections with the local community, nurtured staff and volunteers, and championed the cause of residents for whom Servants exists. The relationship between Matt and Servants is deep and there is much shared history over the last 18 years. Matt leaves Servants in great shape and his legacy within the organisation is significant. The Committee of Servants sincerely thank Matt for his service and wish him success and fulfilment in the opportunities that lie ahead of him.

Amanda takes over at an exciting time, with the organisation in good shape. We look forward to working closely with Amanda to continue to grow the impact of Servants Community Housing and our relationship with all our partners.

Kind regards,

Warren Clark

President, Servants Community Housing


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A big announcement

Check out the latest news in this article from the Progress Leader.Article_Progress Leader_Home now a step closer_20160607

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Congratulations on turning 30, Servants!


Servants celebrated it’s 30th birthday on Saturday with much fanfare and joy. Here’s to another 70 years!

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    1986Servants Community Housing established by members of Hawthorn West Baptist Church and Hawthorn Home founded
    2010Canterbury Home founded (short term lease)
    2011Kew Home founded
    20142nd Kew Home founded
    2018Women's House founded
    20Mostly part-time staff
    8 yearsAverage stay of residents
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