76 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy VIC
We endeavour to reflect the Spirit of Christ’s compassion among men and women who experience acute aloneness and loss of personal roots. In seeking to provide solace for each one’s human spirit we aim:
- To provide a means of companionship for men and women who have lost family ties and support, and who live on the edge of constant insecurity and personal aloneness.
- To enhance this process by enlisting staff consisting of volunteer men and women, who bring their own gifts of generosity, compassion and a readiness to learn and to accept each one as they are.
With Christ’s compassion and understanding of each person as the living inspiration, the vision is to alleviate this experience of emptiness and anxiety by developing a safe, day-time welcoming place of warmth, peace and friendship. Here, reverence and respect for every person is central. This place of life-giving companionship reflects beauty, humour and acceptance, in our reaching out to people confined in their own place, and by welcoming guests into our meeting place.
Such a climate could only come about through the combined efforts of a group of caring, understanding persons who allow others to be. Those helping in the life of the Terrace are acutely mindful of the developing mutuality and of their own resulting enrichment.
As there are certain services established in the wider Fitzroy area providing meals, welfare and various activities in larger, more structured settings, the Terrace does not provide meals, but ‘cuppas’ and light refreshments throughout the day.
The choice is to be small, providing an attractive, homely setting where each person can enjoy his or herself in the company of others.
The hope is to bring solace to each person’s human spirit, enabling greater health and happiness.