Many of the programs that now make up Adult Services, had their origins at The Gill Memorial Hostel for Men in A’Beckett St Melbourne.
The Salvation Army converted The Gill from a disused box factory into dormitory style accommodation in 1929 with funds from benefactor Mr Joseph Gill. At the time of opening, The Gill had 400 beds. Men who stayed there were provided with food, clean pyjamas and a warm bed to sleep in. Over the years, the number of beds at The Gill reduced, but resources remained scarce and little was done to help the men deal with the issues that led to their homelessness and move onto to better, permanent housing.
Gradually, as community standards increased, the need to do something more for these men became clear. The Salvation Army, together with the state and federal governments, embarked on a major redevelopment project that saw the development of a range of housing and support options better able to meet the needs of men who were homeless.
Today our programs reflect the diversity of need amongst our homeless population. Adult Services has progressively expanded to cover a broader set of integrated accommodation, support and related services, providing assistance to young adults, single adults and couples and older people experiencing homelessness and/or similar disadvantage within our community.