For over 5 years now, Holy Fools has been providing unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Lilydale and the Yarra Valley.
We have extensive experience providing support services, and being a catalyst for social change, to people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, living in poverty, or experiencing issues of injustice. We do this through working in the areas of positive community development, social justice, homelessness, and housing.
We’re well known for our quality service delivery. One of our ministries, Matt’s Cafe, a free community meal has served in excess of 14,000 nutritious two-course meals each Friday fortnight since we began a little under 4 years ago, and see’s an average of 70-80 people each time. Many of our friends who attend have been coming since we began, and we pride ourselves that we are not a soup kitchen that just feeds people, rather that we invite all these people to join us in a meal, as friends. Our BBQ Outreach has become a place for the homeless and others to connect and enjoy a great feed while we offer services such as Swags for Homeless and blankets etc when needed. We’re hoping to expand this work into other areas of the Shire with the provision of a van.
We are committed to working in partnerships, and are experienced, partnering with all levels of government, corporations, philanthropic organisations and the community sector. This has included involvement in research projects and strategic advocacy on critical issues such as Homelessness. Holy Fools’ champions and speaks for those who have no voice. This has included speaking out against injustice and seeking justice through avenues of social media, protests and direct action.
We currently work across Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs, focusing on the Shire of Yarra Ranges, from where we are based in Lilydale.
Currently, we are entirely volunteer based, from the CEO to the workers operating our Outreach BBQ to the homeless, or serving at Matt’s Cafe.
Holy Fools is fully accredited as an Australian Charity – our details can be verified here.
While we are not a Church, and independent, we are based on Christian values. We offer unconditional love and our services to anyone who needs us, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.