Williamstown’s Wintringham Hostel turned 25 on Wednesday with over 100 residents and staff celebrating the milestone with a Mad Hatter themed party which Willy and Hobby did not miss out on.
The hostel, managed by not-for-profit Wintringham, is a unique example of residential aged care that caters for the Williamstown community with the provision of high quality care for all residents, regardless of their social or economic background.
Hostel Site Manager Danny Stevens said that seeing the unique model work so well for 25 years is truly satisfying, noting the hostel has never been in a position where they have had a vacancy with no resident ready for their new home.
“When Wintringham first planned to have people from disadvantaged backgrounds and home owners from the Williamstown community live at the one aged care facility, many people thought it wouldn’t work,” he said.
“Getting this hostel to not only work, but thrive, is a credit to Wintringham’s approach, but more importantly a credit to the non-judgmental nature of the local Williamstown community.”
“Over the 25 years there has been consistent demand for our accommodation and support services from people, both disadvantaged and the general public. We have never had a vacancy without somebody waiting to move in.”
Celebrating the milestone birthday on Wednesday was also long-serving employee Angela Colina who has been with the Wintringham Williamstown Hostel since the very beginning in 1993.
“I love my job, the residents and staff. I love to make the residents happy; I feel rewarded when they feel comfortable and at ease around me. I enjoy going to work every day,” she said.