Rosies History: 1974 - 1990:
Rosies Oblate Youth Mission was founded by Fr Tom Shortall, OMI in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, in the summer of 1974/75. The outreach began as a drop in centre for young people who were holidaying with their families. The centre was a place of fun and friendship and helped keep the young people off the streets and out of trouble.
Inspire by the actions of the Oblates a group of young people decided to assist in this form of outreach. During the late 1980's a group of young people saw the most vulnerable group of society, the homeless, where located closer to their own homes in the city of Melbourne. The decided to act with the charism of St Eugene de Mazenod and in 1990 took the Rosies van to Flinders Street Station, and so began Rosies as it is today.
Rosies History 1990 - Today:
Rosies is a youth mission which is kept alive by a strong and faithful team of up to a dozen eighteen to thirty year olds on a roster system. Who volunteer either once or twice a month to be a 'friend on the street'.
Our definition of homelessness, that it is an emotional condition, requiring a human response (as opposed to houselessness, which requires the provision of shelter and other physical necessities) is what makes Rosies such a unique organisation.
To find out how to get involved with Rosies please go to our volunteers page.