The 139 Club was established in 1975 by a group of concerned citizens who set up a drop-in centre and refuge for the homeless. This was first housed at 139 Charlotte Street, hence the name “139 Club”.
The premises in Charlotte Street were sold in 1977. Six months later a new home was found at Bowen Street Spring Hill. The organisation originally operated under the umbrella of Queensland Council of Social Services, with a shoestring budget and strong commitment and support from a group of individuals and particularly, from St Vincent de Paul Society.
In 1983, 139 Club became an independent incorporated association receiving government funding. Over the years, the 139 Club has grown in size and stature. In 1987, during the International Year of the Homeless, the 139 Club received a Commonwealth Government grant to build a new centre at 505 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley, which was opened in January 1988.
Today the 139 Club provides a range of services for its visitors, including support to find short, medium and long-term accommodation, as well as wraparound services to meet immediate needs, such as meals, showers and day beds.