On Wednesday 10 April 2024, the Rotary Club of Camberwell hosted by CEO Amanda Donohoe for a dinner at a Servants Community House in Kew, Romana House which accommodates 24 male and female residents, with two live-in managers. https://www.servants.org.au/
Residents shared a meal provided by Rotary Camberwell and enjoyed interactions with club members. To protect the privacy of residents, we are unable to publish their photos. Two residents shared their stories. Whilst both residents have different backgrounds, they both emphasized that living at Romana House was like living with a family. A home where they feel secure, valued, and respected.
Servants runs four Community Houses in Boroondara. These houses provide safe and affordable long-term accommodation for people who are at risk of homelessness. They support residents by establishing connections with support agencies and community group. Rotary Camberwell is proud to support Servants. The bottom line is that if Servants did not do this vital work, its residents would most likely be homeless.
We also heard about a new Servants project which has taken off with great success. This venture produces ‘For the Love of Good’ – an organic, semi sparkling apple juice.  Residents from Romana go to regenerative Warragul farms to pick the apples for the juice. It is manufactured and canned locally and the last batch sold out. This is in addition to the honey Servants produces locally. https://fortheloveofgood.au/