givenow 300Joseph's Corner was established as a not-for-profit charitable organisation in response to the community’s need for free counselling and support for families and friends of those living with alcohol or drug addiction. It has been incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act and the Board of Management meets monthly. Joseph’s Corner’s head office is located in Yarraville.

Sr Jeanne Dwyer oversees the daily running of all operations and services of the organisation, including the volunteers, counsellors and administration staff.

To operate successfully Joseph’s Corner relies on volunteers to assist with administrative duties and the general running of the three counselling sites in Yarraville, Hoppers Crossing and Laverton, as well as the operation of “Merrijig”, the Opportunity Shop.

To fund the running costs of the three counselling centres and to finance the employment of the counsellors, Joseph’s Corner relies totally on donations, fundraising and profits from Merrijig. It is a yearly challenge to operate Joseph’s Corner, as donations and funds raised from Merrijig and fundraising activities are unpredictable and uncertain.

All volunteers have been efficiently timetabled and allocated to the various areas throughout a calendar year to support Joseph’s Corner’s mission to provide high quality counselling and support services free of charge to adults and families in need. Training and support is provided to volunteers.

Currently three counsellors are operating. These counsellors have continued to accept a maximum number of referrals per week.


To provide support to families in stress and crisis.
To provide appropriate ongoing support service, to enable families to cope and manage their difficult situation.


Joseph's Corner will work with the community to assist in dealing with the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use.

Joseph's Corner will have the particular mission to work with and care for families and friends of the users by providing a service free of charge.


  • Counselling with a qualified counsellor
  • Networking
  • Referral information
  • Companionship
  • Group support sessions
  • Appointments can be made for each centre by ringing 03 9315 2680.
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