Through the Annual Catholic Campaign, you can help Centacare provide hope for 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, 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,” adds Ms Swan.
“Our homes are not publicly funded and we’re looking to the generosity of the community to help us buy beds, a kitchen table and the furnishings and supplies to makes each house a home where families feel secure and can make a new start.”
* Jenny’s name has been changed to protect her privacy
Please consider making a gift to the Annual Catholic Campaign and supporting our neighbours living on the margins of our community.