Geelong’s special ‘home’ for homeless men

Published: 18/02/2016

Homeless men can seek refuge in a family home environment thanks to purpose-built accommodation constructed by Bisinella Developments.

Lino Bisinella is patron of Samaritan House Geelong, a community-based organisation which receives no government funding and operates with the help of hundreds of donors and volunteers.

Lino was a key financial supporter in establishing the ground-breaking service in 2012.

Last year, with the generous help of a range of Geelong businesses, he proudly handed over the keys of the $630,000 building at no cost to Samaritan House Geelong Ltd. 

Samaritan House operates seven days a week and can accommodate up to 13 homeless men and three overnight volunteers.

It works closely with the long-established meals program at Christ Church Geelong and the recently-established Lazarus Drop-in Centre to provide an integrated program of support for the homeless believed to be unique in Australia.

Geelong’s special ‘home’ for homeless men was officially opened on 11 December 2015 by Professor Allan Fels AO.

Photo: Professor Allan Fels unveils the plaque commemorating the official opening of the new accommodation for homeless men constructed by Bisinella Developments at no cost to Samaritan House Geelong.