House lends hand to the homeless

Phil Michell was taken in by the Samaritans who he credits with saving his life. he is pictured with Josephine Barnes. Picture: Geelong Advertiser, Peter Ristevski

Samaritan House Geelong has been providing crisis overnight accommodation and support for homeless men aged over 18 years.
The not-for-profit organisation is run by an Ocean Grover – Josephine Barnes – along with 110-plus volunteers.
Josephine’s energy is often descrived as ’amazing’ and her stories real, raw and inspiring. She has devoted most of her life to helping others.
The house is fundamentally a place of hope and supports homeless men from Geelong, Melbourne and other regional areas who are experiencing crisis. Their winter appeal has just launched.
Samaritan House will celebrate five years of operation next month and to remain open, it relies totally on the generosity of individuals, groups, organisations and philanthropic trusts to support operations.
They are always on the lookout for volunteers, particularly male. Perhaps you know a father, brother, uncle or a friend who may be interested in supporting them.
It costs about $200,000 to run the house each year.
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