• Welcome to Servants Community Housing!

    Amanda Donohoe, CEO
    Amanda Donohoe, CEO

    Servants Community Housing has been operating affordable accommodation and safe housing for those on low incomes for over thirty years 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 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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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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Save the Date! Servants is turning 30!

Servants is turning 30 and you’re all invited to our celebration, Saturday 28 May. More details soon!


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Carols at Carrical, Sun 13 Dec – All Welcome!

Hawthorn Community Chest invites you tocarols@carirical2015

Carols at Carrical

Sunday December 13, 6.30–8.30pm at Carrical House, 18-20 Mason St, Hawthorn.

Entry by Gold Coin Donation to HCC • Candles Included • BYO Deckchairs & Rugs • Soft Drinks & BBQ available • Alcohol-Free Event

In partnership with Rotary Club of North Balwyn, Servants Community Housing and Sing Australia

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Project Sows Seeds of Hope

Servants resident Paul is featured in today’s Progress Leader! Check it out:

Project sows seeds of hope

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Reflections: from the mansion on the hill

Servants are delighted to announce our latest creative venture alongside our friends from Scotch College – Reflections: from the mansion on the hill. This is in part the continuation of now legendary Voices: The Carrical Project as well as tracing the history of Carrical House.

Written by Scotch College Year 11 and 12 students in the Social Justice Drama programme in conjunction with Servants Community Housing and the residents at Carrical House, Hawthorn.

4 October 2015 at 4pm, 5, 6 & 7 October at 7pm

Entry by gold coin donation at the venue.

Scotch College, Drama School, Cramond Studio, cnr Morrison Street and Fordholm Road, Hawthorn. Enter via Entrance 3 off Morrison Street.

See you there!


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Servants in the Leader

Servants was featured in this week’s Boroondara Progress Leader:
“Fiona, 52, has lived for eight years at Hawthorn’s Carrical House, which is run by Servants Community Housing, and said it was vital for the homeless to have a community around them.

“I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t have been accepted here,” Fiona said.”

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Servants is in The Age!

“For the past 14 months, Paul has been a resident at Romana House in Kew, a former nursing home that has been converted into a home for 24 residents by an organisation called Servants Community Housing.”

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/how-to-fix-homelessness-give-the-homeless-a-home-20150730-ginpeo.html#ixzz3hj7cli2I

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