The 139 Club was established in 1975 by a group of concerned citizens who set up a drop-in centre and a 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 was first operating under the umbrella of Queensland Council of Social Services with a shoestring budget and a 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, 139 Club Inc provides a range of Day Services, Welfare Services, Family Support Services, Visiting Services and Community Development Initiatives to the 300+ visitors who access our service each day. The 139 Club Inc continues to be heralded as one of the significant providers of social support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness within the inner city and inner north Brisbane area.