Dialog Box

06 February 2019

Relationships at the heart

Relationships are at the heart of why CatholicCare exists.

Our mission is to help create, strengthen and rebuild relationships, because we know that they form a crucial part of our lives. Our families, our friends, colleagues, and everyone who forms our support networks help us through life’s challenging moments, and they make life all the more enjoyable.

That is why the focus of our latest Annual Report is on relationships – how we helped strengthen the relationships with our clients, and the relationships we’ve continue to build with every one of our stakeholders.


We supported over 16,500 people across each of our five service sectors. The people we helped are not only from Melbourne, but also from Geelong and Gippsland, and our Prison Ministry spans the state of Victoria.

‘In the last 12 months, CatholicCare has responded to the cry of those who are marginalised: families torn apart by family breakdown and violence, or drug and alcohol addiction; refugees and asylum seekers struggling to make a new home in this country; men and women feeling lost or abandoned in Victorian prisons,’ says Archbishop of Melbourne, Most Rev Peter A Comensoli.

‘CatholicCare’s staff have accompanied people in times of distress and crisis to bring hope and healing; strengthening families and communities and breaking down the barriers to social inclusion.’

We saw 8,516 individuals who we supported through our Family and Relationship Services, which includes counselling, post-separation support, adoption and permanent care services, and alcohol and other drug support.

Our Prison Ministry provided 13,920 hours of support; we helped 891 refugees through our settlement services; we trained 2,723 individuals in relationship education; and we counselled 2,500 students in schools.

‘We are providing support to people at all stages of life, from all backgrounds and circumstances, but we can see that the need for support for the most marginalised and disadvantaged in our community is only growing,’ says Netty Horton, CEO of CatholicCare. ‘We are determined to meet the emerging needs of these people by continuing to expand our services, and collaborating with others to share and develop our knowledge.’

To download our Annual Report, visit our Publications page. 

If you would like to help us reach more vulnerable families this year, you can donate here.

Stronger families and communities

Every day our clients search for support, and we want to be there for them to help break the cycle of disadvantage, and help them achieve 'life to the full'.