The Olympic Village Exodus Community has been active in the Olympic Village, Heidelberg West area since 1998, attempting to meet identified emerging needs of local residents. The Community began at the invitation of the parish priest of St Pius X, Heidelberg West.
The live-in members of the Exodus Community volunteer their services to the Community and its ministries. Central to the ministries of the Community is inclusion of local people in all aspects of work. Exodus Community is currently supported by 50 volunteers.
Where possible Exodus ministries and works are conducted in Teams of volunteers thereby supporting, teaching and encouraging each other.
The Management Team supports, encourages, resources and oversees all Exodus Community activities and ensures the viability of the Community.
Key responsibilities include:
The Management Team meets monthly.
Requests for support and for use of the Exodus bus can be made to the Management Team.
The Drop-In Team offers hospitality and support for a weekly occasion at the Exodus Community Shed, 273 Liberty Parade, where anyone can find company, support, encouragement and a wholesome lunch.
The drop-in begins at 10.00am and concludes at 2.00pm, on Wednesdays.
Each week Bread Team members collect donated bread from bakeries and distribute it to those in need.
Bread is distributed on Wednesday evenings from 5.00pm. Volunteers most welcome via Contact page.
The Pre-school Story Time Team supports the language and early developmental needs of local children, through storytelling and interaction with other children.
This activity is conducted as need requires.
The Activities and Events Team supports families and individuals through a variety of activities and programs.
For information regarding any of these activities, contact Exodus Community by phone, Facebook or e-mail.
The Youth Team promotes and trains young adults to be leaders in assisting with support of local youth.
Youth activities include:
This Team seeks to meet the spiritual and faith desires of the Olympic Village people, irrespective of their religious affiliation and previous experience.
Team members meet with priests to plan weekly parish Mass which is held on Sundays at noon in the Banyule Community Health Centre, Alamein Rd, West Heidelberg.
Occasional spiritual formation activities are conducted for those interested.
The Team supports the parish Good Friday Way of the Cross conducted around the streets of the Olympic Village.
Exodus Community volunteers advocate on behalf of many including those needing assistance with various institutions and organisations: Department of Health and Human Services, Centrelink, Hospitals, Schools, Courts and Police.
Some Exodus Community volunteers are also members of Residents Group 3081, which supports local people especially with housing issues. You can contact Residents Group 3081 on firstname.lastname@example.org
Exodus also works in partnership with many agencies and can help residents find assistance when required.
All 3081 residents are accepted for help and assistance.
The Exodus Community is a presence to local people and some members visit the housebound, the sick and those dealing with various difficult issues.
Donated goods, especially toiletries, laundry and cleaning products, are distributed to local residents by members of the Outreach Team.
Some Exodus Community Members are skilled and experienced in areas of counselling, welfare, youth ministry, teaching/education, pastoral work and administration.
The ministries of the Exodus Community rely on the generosity of its many volunteers. Interested volunteers can make contact through the contact page.
Volunteers will be directed as to requirements regarding Police Checks, Working with Children Checks and any possible training.
Exodus Community welcomes volunteers from many walks of life, age and circumstance.
Alice House is a residential property at 101 Ramu Parade, Heidelberg West donated in 2014 for Community use by the owner. It is managed by Exodus, Olympic Adult Education and The SALT Foundation.
To contact the Exodus Community use the form below or give us a call or email.
Phone: (03) 94577593
273 Liberty Parade, Heidelberg West, Victoria, 3081
ABN: 71 641 856 283