Vinnies set to unveil new look hostel for Sydney's homeless

Cardinal George Pell will bless the $1.6 million refurbishment to the St Vincent de Paul Society's Matthew Talbot Hostel in inner-city Woolloomoolloo, on Sunday afternoon.

The upgrade will enable the Hostel to better provide accommodation and services to homeless men in Sydney. The Hon Bob Debus, Attorney General and Minister for the Environment will represent NSW Premier Bob Carr.

A statement from Vinnies says the upgrade of Sydney's largest homeless men's hostel is being funded by the generosity of the Society's benefactors.

"The kindness of our supporters has funded the development of more private and homely accommodation for the homeless men of Sydney, providing them with a greater sense of dignity", says Pat O'Flynn, President of the Matthew Talbot Hostel.

In the St Vincent de Paul Society's continual efforts to increase the dignity, privacy and comfort of its clients, 60% of the new accommodation facilities will be single rooms with the remainder in semi-private alcoves.

Additionally, the Matthew Talbot Hostel, a Sydney icon operating since 1938, is now able to provide improved educational spaces for skills development and recreation, with a stronger focus on increased casework management for those not receiving accommodation.

"The Matthew Talbot Homeless Facilities provide services and programmes for around 500 men who pass through our doors daily. We aim to help men back into the community through our Outreach and Homereach services, educational facilities at Charles O'Neill House in Surry Hills, and a live-in rehabilitation home at Concord," says Mr O'Flynn.

New look Talbot brings more comfort and dignity to Sydney's homeless men (St Vincent de Paul Society 21/7/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
St Vincent de Paul Society | The Matthew Talbot Hostel
The First Step - non-event.org

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22 Jul 2005