Thank you for giving hope to our most vulnerable neighbours - Catholic Foundation

Thank you for giving hope to our most vulnerable neighbours

Through the Annual Catholic Campaign, you are giving hope to our most vulnerable neighbours.

The Annual Catholic Campaign which funds vital works of the Church in our local communities, including Centacare. The team of trained staff and volunteers need your help to provide outreach to some of our most vulnerable neighbours.

Meet Jenny*. Her bruises are fading and her spirit is starting to heal. At a post-crisis respite support home run by Centacare, she is finally looking forward to a future where she is safe.

Domestic violence and abuse is part of too many people’s lives. Centacare’s specialist domestic and family violence teams assist people to escape abusive relationships. “It takes an incredible amount of strength and support for a person to leave a violent situation. Every week, we provide dozens of people with security, information, court and legal advice,” said Ms Di Swan, Director of Centacare’s Domestic and Family Violence Service.

“Leaving an abusive relationship can be the most dangerous time for families. It’s critical they have a safe place to turn.”

Unfortunately, housing and support services for people fleeing violence are scarce and local communities are struggling to meet demand. Centacare is stepping up to help fill the gap. “Centacare, in collaboration with St Vincent de Paul, has recently established a number of post-crisis respite support homes to help families get back on their feet. The homes provide safe and secure accommodation for up to 12 months, as well as counselling and other important support services,” said Ms Swan.

“Our homes do not receive any government funding and it is only thanks to the generosity of the community that we are able to provide furnished homes where families feel secure and can make a new start.”

* Jenny’s name has been changed to protect her privacy

Thank you for all you do to support Centacare and our neighbours living on the margins of our community.

Your gift to Centacare also supports the Priests Foundation, Mary MacKillop Catholic School Access Fund and Holy Spirit Seminary.