Catholic Charities Appeal
"Never see a need without doing something about it" was one of the sayings of St Mary MacKillop and is what drives us to assist struggling families and individuals in our own community.
Have a look at the stories in our brochure (below in PDF form) to find out more about the essential works of our charitable agencies.
On any given day in South Australia
- 350 people are helped with intensive residential support, young women are supported with accommodation as they await the birth of their child
- Families receive intensive intervention to allow them to keep their children at home, women can access secure housing as they escape from violent situations
- People with an intellectual disability receive permanent full time care, people living with a mental illness receive a visit from workers or access help by phone, homeless young people are cared for in one of their housing properties, people are accessing counselling or mediation for personal or relationship issues and families have access to respite for their son/daughter with an intellectual disability
- Centacare's Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services support and empower women, children and young people to reclaim and maintain their fundamental human right to safety and freedom. With four specialist domestic violence services in regional South Australia, Centacare is the state's largest provider of best-practice support for at-risk women and children outside of metropolitan Adelaide.
Centacare Catholic Family Services
- Around 640 meals are provided each week on average to men, women and children who come through their doors facing poverty and homelessness.
- Over the years has evolved from being a place which provided just meals into a comprehensive service offering: Other basic care, including meal, laundry and locker services
- Professional case management services supporting people at the extremities of their lives, to find lasting pathways out of homelessness
- Access to 25 visiting professional services including: Adelaide City GP Service, Registered Nurse, legal clinic, financial counselling, podiatrist, dental clinic, eye and ear testing, New Road Drug and Alcohol services and hairdressers.
Hutt St Centre
- In 2019 they helped 400 clients: with Pro Bono legal assistance (especially with VISA Applications, English Language Classes, Childcare (for parents visiting for services),
- Provision of various food items as well as Emergency financial support
- General assistance with making medical appointments, organising payment arrangements for utilities and medical bills and liaising with other services and government departments.
- 40 clients a day come for ESL classes, Over 400 clients on the database, 80 volunteers teach ELS classes
- Clients are Hazara, Iraqi, Iranian, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese
- A space for asylum seekers to access support services and break down isolation
Mercy House of Welcome
- Community housing and long term residential care for adults with an intellectual disability with 20 residents living in two sites in close proximity to each other at Enfield.
- Helps residents become as independent as possible by being able to take control of their daily living skills.
Calvary Ain Karim
- In 2019 over 800 children with special needs and their families are receiving education and special support via Religious Services and Events, Pastoral Visiting both in the home and in Hospital, Interpreting, School and Family Support and NDIS Support.
Our Lady of La Vang & St Patrick’s Special Schools & SA Catholic Deaf Association
- In 2019 they helped 4,864 clients ....offering the following services - community gatherings for isolated people, Sunday Mass in St Martin de Porres Chapel, Line Dancing classes, Craft and Jewellery making classes, Lunches for the community, Aboriginal Art Classes, Cultural Awareness programs, Healing and Referrals, Liaison with State and charitable agencies.
- On any given day they help approximately 25 people.
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry – Otherway Centre
- In 2019 - 54 women were provided with safe and secure accommodation every night of the year.
- Case worker provided for every woman
- 55,936 meals and snacks provided
- Provided 480 essential personal product packs to clients
- Via their emergency program - 496 unique clients were supported.
- 2 additional crisis beds were opened
- 1,220 hours of telephone support were provided for women seeking emergency assistance.
- Over 3,000 visits to the Women's Centre
- Over 700 activities, courses, workshops and projects delivered
- 18 different activities/sessions available to clients
- $10,000 Kym Adey Catherine House UniSA Scholarship awarded
- 30 Women received TAFE Academic Transcripts
- 80 clients benefited from non-accredited Adult Community Education Foundation courses
- 57 Clients participated in accredited ACE work or ACE courses and 47 women were invested in an Education & Employment Pathway Plan
2019 Appeal Leaflet is available or read the specially designed web version PDF below and view the 2019 Poster.