The call of the first Good Samaritan Sisters was to the homeless women and children on the streets of Sydney in the 1850s. We continue to live out this ministry today as we answer the call to be neighbour in our own time and place. This commitment is given particular focus in the work of the Good Samaritan Inn in Melbourne.

The Good Samaritan Inn will soon celebrate 25 years of providing emergency accommodation to women and their children. Situated in Melbourne’s north, the Inn provides a safe, hospitable shelter for women and children during the crisis of domestic violence or homelessness.

Currently almost 300 families are supported each year as they await a longer-term solution to their crisis situation. The short experience of compassion provides a haven so that decisions can be made and lives re-arranged.

This ministry of being neighbour is supported by the Good Samaritan Foundation, other charities and over 50 volunteers.

For more information and to find out how you can help, visit the Inn’s website www.goodsamaritaninn.org.au