We are extremely grateful for the support of our partners who share our vision for a stronger, more resilient and inclusive society. Our partners help us to extend our reach and enhance our efficiency; together we change lives in real and meaningful ways.
CatholicCare along with Centacare Ballarat, CatholicCare Sandhurst, CatholicCare Tasmania, is a participating agency of CatholicCare Victoria Tasmania.
Cabrini Health’s Social and Community Outreach program and CatholicCare have been partners in funding and service delivery since 1992. Initially Cabrini worked with CatholicCare on the establishment of a counselling service in Malvern and over the years, this has expanded to other initiatives, such as broadening the counselling service to Dandenong and Mitcham, refugee resettlement, asylum seeker support and family education and support on a public housing estate in Prahran. These initiatives have involved significant funding support from Cabrini without which CatholicCare’s services would have been inaccessible to thousands of families. In addition, in 2012-2013 Cabrini’s Allied Health practitioners worked with CatholicCare to develop a health education program for refugees, providing diabetes and nutrition education to refugee women who face significant barriers to accessing health information.
Cabrini Linen Service is an invaluable partner. Working with our Refugee Services team in Dandenong since 2014, Cabrini, and their employment contractor Hoban Recruitment, have trained and employed in excess of 40 refugee and asylum seeker men and women in their industry-leading commercial linen service.
CatholicCare and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Institute for Advancing Community Engagement have collaborated in the delivery of the Clemente Fitzroy program since 2012. Our partnership aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequity and social injustice for marginalised people who have been unable to access higher education because of significant life challenges. The philosophy of the program is that study in the humanities can empower people to develop a critical mind that encourages them to reflect on their own lives and on society. ACU provides the academic personnel to deliver the study units and awards the university’s Certificate of Liberal Studies to those students who complete the required units. CatholicCare provides the learning environment at the St Mary of the Cross Centre in Fitzroy, as well as the material supports for students (pens, notebooks, textbooks) and our Volunteer Coordinator recruits and supports Learning Partners who support and assist students in planning, writing, research and computer skills.
In 2015, the Australian Government announced that 12,000 humanitarian refugees from Syria would be settled in Australia. In response to this, St Vincent’s Health Australia approached CatholicCare with a brilliant idea. They would refurbish 60 empty bedsit units on the site of their Eltham Retirement Village and make them available as refugee accommodation for a limited time. CatholicCare would provide the tenancy and settlement support for the refugee families who would live there. In October 2016, the first group of families were welcomed into the units and are now on the path to good settlement.
In 2016, we entered into a four-year partnership with St John of God Health Care to extend our Asylum Seeker Support Program. This program works closely with parishes across the Archdiocese of Melbourne to provide accommodation and support to families and individuals seeking asylum within the Melbourne community.