Cromwell Street

Cromwell Street is the home of dreams for STREAT's young people – a place where they can feel safe and belong.   It’s also a 150-year-old building that comes with hundreds of amazing stories and characters from its past. STREAT’s part in that history started in 2013, when businessman and philanthropist Geoff Harris, purchased the property for $2.5m and gifted its use to STREAT for 50 years for $5 per year! Our collective dream was for it to be developed into a flagship site where STREAT could train and support 365 young people each year. The site would contain:

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You probably didn’t know that this but our Flemington cafe site has been known for its amazing coffees since the late 1950s when Giuseppe La Spina bought the Atlantic Furniture Store and turned it into the Gallo D’Oro, Melbourne’s third espresso bar. Giuseppe operated a Ranchillo espresso machine, and we're told that he was very particular about the getting just the right crema on his coffees.

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I am Andy

After the first, second, third night it all became real I actually was homeless. I cried and cried and cried. It became more real each day and I got more worried, depressed, angry. Angry that no one cared. There was a lot of talk, no do. The more it happened the more frustration I had. I felt I didn't exist in the world. ​

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