28 February 2021
After much anticipation, we’re delighted to share that we have officially opened the doors to our newly refurbished Hutt St Centre! The refreshed facilities are designed to better meet the changing needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Adelaide.
“Every client has a different journey and different needs on their pathway to homefulness,” said our CEO, Chris Burns. “We’re responding with an inclusive space that not only delivers our essential services, but feels welcoming and safe for each person who walks through our doors.”
Features of the refurbishment include:
- A private retreat where families can find comfort and safety
- Medical treatment rooms for clients to connect with specialist health services
- A creative hub encouraging clients to focus on their wellbeing and build confidence
- And an all-weather courtyard for outdoor dining, group activities and social connection.
We’ve also refreshed our essential amenities, including a bright and spacious dining area, modern bathrooms, secure lockers, and a fully-equipped laundry.
The refurbishment was officially opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, as Hutt St Centre’s new Patron. Archbishop Patrick O’Regan blessed the facilities and Major Sumner AM offered a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.
We were also honoured to welcome Mrs Lan Le, Premier Steven Marshall, Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas MP, Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor and a number of other distinguished guests.
Thank you to our incredible community, including the generous philanthropists and foundations who donated to our Refurbishment Appeal, our corporate and government partners, and YOU – the supporters who stand by us, day after day, ensuring we can continue delivering our essential health and wellbeing services to help people experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives.
Most importantly, thank you to our clients for the trust they place in us. As Chris said, “The correlation between hope and home is undeniable. And that’s why we have a collective responsibility to look after and walk alongside each other.”
In our long history of serving the community, this refurbishment marks a significant milestone for Hutt St Centre and a vital step towards our vision of an end to homelessness.