The Salvation Army’s Hamodava Cafe and community centre, located at the 69 Bourke St, in Melbourne’s CBD is now open from 11pm to 7am every night, seven days a week.
The $100,000 pilot program was co-funded by the City of Melbourne, which donated $60,000 towards the running of the café, and the Collingwood Football Club, whose $30,000 has gone towards employing an outreach worker.
The Hamodava Cafe opened in July 2011 as a ‘homage’ to The Salvation Army’s original Hamodava Coffee and Tea House, established in the same building in 1897. A social and community enterprise, Hamodava Cafe’s primary role is to support to people from all walks of life, especially those living on the margins of society.
The program will run for 10 weeks, although the Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle told Warcry that it’s already attracted a good response, with 40 or 50 customers on any given night, and he hopes to see it continue.