What is Shekinah Homeless Services

Shekinah Homeless Services Inc. is a network of eight member organisations that provide accommodation and support services to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Each year Shekinah Homeless Services provides:

  • Emergency & long term accommodation to over 650 homeless, men, women and children;
  • Material aid, support and outreach services to over 2500 people at risk, or experiencing homelessness;
  • Emergency assistance to over 500 women and children escaping domestic violence;
  • Over 40,000 meals as well as providing 8000 individual episodes of care

Our History

In 1999 a group of seven small organisations belonging to the Catholic Homeless Network decided to incorporate a new organisation, Shekinah Homeless Services. This Incorporated Body was developed with a view to improving collaboration between services and offering a continuum of care to the homeless people amongst whom they work. Services provided include: emergency to medium/long term accommodation; crisis support; outreach; day programs; and aged care residential programs. In 2002, two more organisations joined Shekinah Homeless Services, with a further organisation added in 2005.  In 2007-08, approximately 8000 homeless people used the services provided by Shekinah’s then ten homeless organisations and 220 people offered their time to volunteer for Shekinah Homeless Services. In 2008 two organisations merged into one, thus taking the numbers from ten to nine organisations with eleven program sites. 2015 saw Shekinah member organisation, Bethlehem Community Inc leave the fold, following a successful merger with Sacred Heart Mission.

Shekinah Homeless Services Achievements

  • 2001 Received government funding to employ a Volunteer Program Co-ordinator
  • 2002 Launched the Shekinah Video
  • 2003 1st Shekinah Community Ball held. The Ball is held every 18 months and all have been very successful celebrations of the Shekinah “family”.
  • 2006 Shekinah successfully completed an Organisational Development Project which resulted in several of the member agencies and Shekinah itself becoming accredited through QICSA.
  • 2009 Shekinah and several of its member organisations were reaccredited through QICSA with one being accrerdited for the first time.
  • 2010 Shekinah signed up as a partner in the National Compact.
  • 2013 Shekinah opened the Pop Up Op Shop.
  • 2014 The Pop Up Op Shop became a permanent store, and was renamed The Shop of Op.  Located at 110 Chapel St Windsor VIC 3181.