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About us

Lazarus Community Centre Geelong

Our story

In 2013 a group from The Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment visited the Prahran Mission in Chapel Street. 18 months later in February 2015 the three city Churches in Geelong – St. Mary’s (Catholic Church), Christ Church (Anglican) & Wesley Uniting Church in Yarra Street reviewed social needs in Geelong and focused efforts on addressing homelessness and social isolation.

For the next 18 months the three Churches gathered together to form a planning & management group: Wendy Leigh, Michael Nolan, Gary McIlvena, Des Younghusband, Peter Gador-Whyte (minister at Wesley), Colin Hastings and other reps attended. Visits were made to the St Kilda Mission, Prahran Mission & the St Mary’s House of Welcome in Brunswick to inspect operational structures & how to do things well.

We began to invite people to become volunteers & looked at training for these folk.

Our values

Inclusion

Breaking down barriers to include people who feel isolated & disengaged.

Compassion

Standing beside people and respecting their unique stories.

Dignity

Honouring the worth of each person regardless of their circumstances.

Community

Connecting people to each other and the wider community.

Diversity

Respecting our differences and learning from each other.

Our Mission

To provide a safe and welcoming place for people to meet and be supported as valued members of our community.

Our Vision

To improve the life and wellbeing of people living in the Geelong area who maybe homeless, lonely and socially isolated.

All people are welcome whether they are homeless or not.

What we do

The Lazarus Centre is a place for people to feel safe and welcome. Somewhere where they can take a shower, wash and dry their clothes, have a light lunch, participate in activities, meet with volunteers and receive support from specialist homelessness staff.

All people are welcome whether they are homeless or not.

Open 7 days a week

Connect vulnerable people with service they need

Provide meals, showers, clothes and company

Supportive Environment

Board members

Stephanie Davie

Stephanie Davie

Board Chair

Stephanie Davie is the Commercial Property Manager at Costa Asset Management, handling leasing, facilities management, and special projects in the company’s diverse portfolio. With over 15 years in commercial real estate, she has extensive experience in sales, leasing, asset management, and project delivery, and holds a real estate license. Her role at Costa Asset Management involves driving long-term growth of funds under management.

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

Board Deputy Chair

Michael is the Corporate & Community Partnerships Manager at Lifeline Geelong & South West. Michael has over 20 years experience in the Not-for-Profit sector and has been a director on a number of local boards including both charities and sporting clubs.  An experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health, wellbeing and youth services industry with a particular interest in leadership and governance.

Matthew Le Maitre

Matthew Le Maitre

Board Member

Matt is the Managing Partner at Advisory Partners. Matt brings a wealth of financial experience and knowledge to Lazarus Community Centre.

Georgia McLean

Georgia McLean

Board Member

Georgia works at WorkSafe as in house counsel in the Corporate Legal team. She brings her commercial expertise to the table and is excited about what’s in store for Lazarus Community Centre.

Nicholas Redman

Nicholas Redman

Board Member

Nicholas is a Partner at RLW, and has been recognised by Best Lawyers for 2023 in Real Property Law.

Tony Harman

Tony Harman

Board Member

Currently retired after 43 years In Banking and Finance at Westpac. Experienced Leader in Commercial Banking skilled in Business Planning, Commercial Lending, Banking, Coaching, and Credit Analysis. Strong finance professional with a BComm focused in Accounting, Law & Commerce from Deakin University, a CPA, a Fellow of FINSIA and a Graduate of AICD.

Robert Hunter

Robert Hunter

Board Member

Robert is the Director of Huntercorp Investments, an asset finance and investment company, he has over 30 years’ experience owning and growing successful businesses.

Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

Board Member

Catherine is the Director of Bell Training Group and a specialist in Human Resources and Organisational Development. With over 25 years of leadership experience around the world, Catherine uses a human-centred approach to creating positive change and growth. Catherine holds a B.Bus from Victoria University and is a CPHR and PCC-certified Coach and is currently working towards her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology with Melbourne University. 

Daleene Kroger

Daleene Kroger

Board Member

Daleene is the Managing Director at Patrick Rowan & Associates : Accountants, Planners and Business Advisers, with over 30 years’ experience in Accounting and Business Management.

Daleene is also Board Chair of the Give Where You Live Foundation, having served with the Foundation for 10 years in various Board governance roles.

Nathan George

Nathan George

Board Member

Nathan is the Managing Director of Pixeld, a digital marketing agency, he has 26 years of experience in digital.

Our local partners & supporters

Our promise to you

Without your loyal support, we couldn’t do what we do. Lazarus Community Centre Geelong relies on our great team, mostly volunteers, and the kind donations from our community to help those in our community who need it most.

It is our promise to keep doing everything we can to provide a supportive environment at Lazarus Community Centre.