We are continually working on projects at Servants, whether it be upgrading spaces or creating new ones! We are grateful for our generous donors and partners and would like to share some of our more recent project successes with you.
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Women’s house renovation
In 2018, Servants partnered with Hawthorn West Baptist Church and leased their 'renovator's delight' with rental fees well below market rates. The renovation of this property was funded through a government grant secured for Servants by the Federal Member for Kooyong through the Community Development Grant. The $300,000 committed by the government allowed Servants to completely refurbish the 7-bedroom property to prepare it for housing 6 vulnerable women at risk of homelessness and one on-site house manager.
In addition to the government grant, philanthropists, such as the Jenkins Foundation and other individual donors provided significant funding. The Boroondara Cares Foundation has committed $20,000 p.a. to assist in the house's operations in the first five years. The Country Women's Association and individual Rotary groups also contributed funding and volunteer-hours preparing the garden and outdoor spaces. Countless volunteer-hours by present and past Servants staff and community partners made it all possible.
The property was formally opened in August 2018 by the president of the Rotary Club of Canterbury with attendance by many of those contributors and other significant Servants' partners.
In 2017, the Hamer dining/living space was given an amazing makeover! Servants was the winner of IKEA's Living Local Community Grants, as a result of overwhelming public support through their votes. The renovated space was opened on the 8th of October 2017, with a celebration of thanks to all supporters of and contributors to Servants. Residents were involved in the celebration too and provided musical entertainment as well as an art display, showcasing some of the serious talent within the Servants family.
One of the outdoor spaces at Hamer received an upgrade when long-term supporters donated money for a pergola in 2017. Now residents can enjoy their cups of coffee in the fresh air, shielded from sun and rain. Time spent outside is so important for mental health and this space in particular is a hub for conversation, newspaper quizzes and musical jam sessions. Whether rugged up in a scarf and ugg boots, or in a singlet and thongs, there will always be someone out there!
South Haven bathroom
South Haven Group have a reputation for their innovative, professional property development. We were delighted when they contacted us in 2017 and offered their skills and funds to renovate a bathroom at Carrical. The final product is fantastic and we are grateful for the understanding and generosity they showed throughout the whole project.
Romana’s electrical demands are being partially met by solar energy, thanks to solar panels installed in 2016! Funds for this project were initially committed by Rotary and Boroondara Cares Foundation and thenmatched by a grant from the Department of Infrastructure’s Stronger Communities Program by local federal member Josh Frydenberg. This grant funded the installation of solar panels at Romana. These larger-scale, long-term improvements help make Servants’ houses environmentally and economically sustainable.
Greenhouses at Romana
In 2015, the Rotary Club of Hawthorn donated two greenhouses to residents living at Romana. The Club’s generosity has assisted residents in their gardening interests. In particular, a group of entrepreneurial residents were able to exercise their green thumbs and provide Boroondara residents with beautiful, fresh plants. The combination of fresh air, connecting with the wider community and seeing the fruit of their labour has been incredibly rewarding for the residents involved.
Greenhouses at Romana
In 2014, Servants partnered with the Slovenian Catholic Mission and leased Mother Romana House, an aged care centre that had housed their elderly for many years until it became financially unviable. The partnership between the Mission and Servants has been such an easy relationship as both organisations value caring for the vulnerable, the poor and the marginalised and believe they are worthy of living in quality accommodation in a quality suburb. See House Profiles section for more details.