Fishers of Men is an inter-denominational Christian charity ministering without distinction to those who are homeless, at threat of homelessness, or poor or needy.
Bobby Mearns, the chairman of the board, was a heroin addict for over 20 years before he became a Christian in a rehabilitation programme run much like “Lorimer” in Hong Kong by Jackie Pullinger. Bobby lived in their residential service for 2 years and become a leader, he has been “clean” now for over 20 years.
Fishers of Men has over 100 volunteers from a variety of Churches within the Logan area. Volunteers range from doctors/solicitors to pensioners, all contributing their time freely for the benefit of others and supporting them through difficult times with a view to permanent rehabilitation.
After providing services to and for homeless people in Brisbane for many years, Fishers of Men recognised a need to provide further care and assistance for people with addictions. “LORIMER” was opened in 2006 as a means of providing those services. “LORIMER” provides residents with emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual support in an effort to help facilitate the recovery process.
Our undergirding premise is that Christ is the only one who can secure true recovery and freedom from addition. We aim to direct people away from their life controlling behaviours, and focus them instead on Christ, to the point that they can be free, and in turn help others.
What We Do
Fishers of Men has a house in Springwood with 6 huge bedrooms, 2 lounge rooms, 2 bathrooms and a large outside undercover area.
The house is registered as a therapeutic model for 12 residents which includes 2 leaders.
Fishers of Men yearly gives many hundreds of food parcels free of charge to people in need, as food is available. When available, blankets and clothing are also distributed to those in need.
There are also thousands of hot meals provided, as well as the many people served through the street van.
Fishers of Men buses men from homeless shelters in the city and Logan, inviting any and all to come to a fellowship meal. At a home in Rochedale, they are given a healthy meal, yummy dessert, tea/coffee, access to fruit, bread,and takeaway food parcels, and when available also blankets and clothes.
In 2014, Fishers of Men purchased a property in Rochedale South, for men who have successfully progressed through the first stage program, Lorimer, who are ready for independent living, while still being supported externally as necessary.
The street van goes out every Friday and Saturday night. They meet at 753 Underwood Rd at 7:30pm and finish usually around 1:00am.
They go to a variety of locations as needed, from Skateboard parks & parks, to train stations and frequented areas, providing hope, and encouragement.
As part of a response to homelessness and helping people in crisis situations, Fishers of Men receives donations of furniture from the public.
These go to people escaping domestic violence, and those exiting crisis and cycles of homelessness or addiction.