A big thank you to Hoselink – www.hoselink.com.au – who generously donated a 30 m retractable hose reel to the SJOS Garden Club. This will allow the team to water all the fruit, vegetables and herbs they are growing for the SJOS Food Store.


On Thursday morning, 2 July 2020, Dr David Quin AM, one of the founding members of the SJOS Committee, passed away. David had not been well, having spent time recently in The Alfred, but he died peacefully, surrounded by many members of his very large extended family.

David was admired by all as a very humble, true gentleman, a wise man with a great ability to bring people together. His compassion, his insightfulness, his vision and his proactive attitude inspired many to step up and volunteer, to make a difference. He was a truly remarkable man, so generous with his time, extremely charitable and a man of great faith. He was an inspiration to us all, he will be greatly missed, and it was a pleasure and a privilege to have known him. He left a great legacy, as he was “a man for others”.

The family held a beautiful funeral at Xavier College, challenged by the COVID-19 restrictions. SJOS will have a memorial service for David,
once large gatherings are allowed again. R.I.P. David

Some kind words from people who knew David:

  • An original member of the SJOS team, his wisdom at Committee Meetings was always amazing and so insightful.
  • His vision and action in creating SJOS have inspired so many of us to step up and volunteer to make a difference. I always enjoyed catching up with David at meetings and events over the years.  He was very good to me. May he Rest In Peace.
  • He was so generous.
  • It was a pleasure to have known David.
  • It was a life well-lived.
  • A great loss to many - a true gentleman and very humble
  • He was a truly remarkable man - generous, charitable and a man of great faith
  • He will be greatly missed
  • A terrific bloke with a tremendous amount of drive and passion
  • A most wonderful man and a great privilege to have known him
  • He was a gentle, wise man with a great ability to bring people together.  He is now at peace.
  • He was such a beautiful, wise man with enormous drive and compassion
  • He was a kind and gentle man who left a fabulous legacy
  • Such a wonderful man
  • He was an inspiration to us all
  • He really was 'a man for others'
  • He was very special and it was truly a privilege to have known him.

In lieu of flowers, donations welcome to St Joseph’s Outreach Services, a charity very dear to Dr David Quin - Donate Here.

Funeral Mass for Dr David Wyndham Quin will be live-streamed on Wednesday, (July 8 2020) at 11 am.

To view the Mass please visit www.tobinbrothers.com.au and search Quin in the webcast and funeral notices.

St Joseph's Outreach Services is following the advice of both state and federal Government before activating changes to the provision of services and operations in response to COVID-19. Modified arrangements are being implemented to make sure we can continue to provide critical services to our clients while maintaining the health and safety of our volunteers, supporters, clients, and visitors are paramount.

Our procedures, processes and systems are being reviewed and modified to prevent and minimise the risks of COVID-19 community transmission, and are ready to adapt to ongoing changes as required.


The statement below reflects our COVID 19 Health and Safety programme in order to ensure that our ability to keep everyone safe during the coronavirus pandemic:

All current activities have been postponed until further notice, due to the COVIDF-19 pandemic.

SJOS Film Night:

The Film Night will now be organised for later in the year and all tickets purchased for the March date will be honoured for the new date.

SJOS Raffle:

The raffle draw date has been changed until September and there are more tickets to be sold. The tickets are $2.00 each or $20.00 per book.

SJOS Sausage Sizzles:

The Sausage Sizzles with Bunnings has been cancelled and the activities team at Bunnings will notify us when we have some new dates.

Twelve Thirteen Barmi Batmi Group:

The Sunday afternoon activities in the Food Store with the Twelve Thirteen Barmi Batmi Group have been cancelled for 2020 and the organisation is arranging more online activities for the families as they prepare for the children’s bar mitzvah/bat mitzvah. The group will conduct a Food Drive for SJOS in lieu of their activity afternoons.

What a turn out!!!

We raised over $800 on the day, which will help go towards helping more disadvantaged people on our community that need our help.

Special thank you to those who helped out on the day, we couldn't have done it without you.

Clare Taylor, one of the volunteers for SJOS, was awarded a 2018 Higgins Community Award at a ceremony on Thursday night 2 August 2018. Clare received her award from the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP and the former Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu.

Photos from the SJOS Spring High Tea held at the Parish of South Yarra Hall on Sunday the 17th of September.


The Ashton-Smith Singers Of Australia is an amateur choral ensemble founded and directed by David Ashton-Smith in 1980. The group averages 70 – 80 voices for most of its performances, which vary across a wide spectrum of musical genres. For a period of 30 years, they have delighted audiences with their energetic singing and warm vocal colour. The group’s members range in age from early ’20s through to the more mature. Each new member, having passed an audition process, moves quickly into the busy rehearsal schedule and then into a performance opportunity.

 The Ashton Smith Singers Concert

Homelessness is a broad term that encompasses a diverse range of people and experiences. Definitions of homelessness are difficult to narrow down because people’s experiences are many and varied.

Definition of homelessness

The term homelessness is broad, and while everyone has a different experience of being homeless, at its very core, homelessness is about absence:

An absence of a home, a safe place to live, security, choices and control over one’s life.

It is also often an absence of family and friends.

Homelessness statistics in Australia

The 2016 ABS census statistics showed more than 116,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia on Census night (an increase from 105,000 in 2011).

24,817 Victorians were reported as experiencing homelessness, which accounts for 27 per cent of Australia’s homeless population.

The total number of people sleeping rough accounts for just seven per cent of the homeless population.

The remaining 93 per cent comprises a range of distinct groups including persons living in supported accommodation (18 per cent); persons staying temporarily with other households (15 per cent); persons living in boarding houses (15 per cent); and persons living in overcrowded dwellings (44 per cent).

There are more males than females, around a quarter are from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and 15 per cent were born overseas and arrived in Australia in the last five years.

People look at you different… you just want to hide all the time, you don’t want to go near people, you don’t want to walk up any main street, you stick to all the back streets… (John, 42)

While nearly 60 per cent of people experiencing homelessness are under 35 years, there has been a 28 per cent increase in people aged 55 and over experiencing homelessness - a rapidly growing age bracket.

These statistics don’t capture the even greater number of people who are at risk of homelessness in Australia through economic and social disadvantage.

People experiencing homelessness may be sleeping rough, live in improvised dwellings, tents, cars, temporary or crisis accommodation, boarding houses, severely overcrowded dwellings, or be couch-surfing (those temporarily staying with other households).

When I was sleeping in the car… I would just drive around… try and drink the day away really to just get rid of it… till the next day, which would become a perpetual sadness. (Sally, aged 43)

The causes of homelessness

Many people ask, what causes homelessness? This question raises many issues because people experiencing homelessness face a range of challenges, among them:

  • mental illness
  • lack of family support and few friends
  • many have experienced a disproportionate number of traumatic incidents compared with the average Australian
  • sexual abuse in childhood and being a victim of an assault while sleeping rough
  • neglect or family violence
  • disability
  • thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • substance abuse issues (drugs and alcohol are often used as coping mechanisms)
  • interpersonal problems
  • social isolation and marginalisation.

Trauma exposure in childhood and in later years can impact a person's social and emotional development.

Homelessness separates you from society because, or you feel, yeah, really you do become separated from society cause you don’t live the same as other people.

You don’t have a home to go to. You don’t have something to do with yourself like a job… your hygiene becomes poor because you don’t have access to washing facilities.

Your diet, your eating, becomes affected because you don’t have access to food the same as you would if you have your own home. (Frank, 42)

Other homelessness resources and support

If you are experiencing homelessness and need help, click here to find homelessness services that provide urgent support, including after hours and on weekends.

For further information about homelessness in Australia, such as definitions, statistics, facts and figures, visit:

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