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From our CEO

Baptist Care SA is delighted to be a member of the innovative new Toward Home Alliance that is being established in the City, Hills and Southern Adelaide areas to address the needs of families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

This strong new Toward Home Alliance has been endorsed by the SA Housing Authority to implement a transformational new approach that shifts both the service focus and resources toward the prevention of homelessness. We will be working with Lutheran Care, The Salvation Army, Mission Australia, Aboriginal Community Services and Sonder to re-shape the sector’s response to the needs and aspirations of vulnerable people and to offer better-integrated ‘Transition Pathways from Adversity toward Opportunity’. A number of our Alliance Partners will be co-locating at our Inner City site.  Our WestCare Centre will continue to provide a place of sanctuary and connection to services, people, culture and community for thousands of vulnerable people each year.

Other exciting news includes:

  • Baptist Care SA has now officially taken over ownership and management of the Wirraway Homestead campsite at Strathalbyn, along with many of their dedicated staff… and about 16 horses! The unique camping experiences offered by Wirraway expands the range of life-giving and relationship-building experiences that we can offer to SA’s children and young people 
  • Our Tumbelin Program (Ngarrindjeri word meaning ‘Awaken and Live’) has secured ongoing funding to sustain its restorative work with young people who are struggling with alcohol and other substances, mental illness and disconnection from family and community supports
  • Our innovative ‘Living Connected, Living Well, model has been funded by the Dept for Human Services under the State’s new Community Connections program in the Northern, Eastern and Southern areas of Adelaide. This much-needed service will dynamically respond to the needs of people who are not eligible for an NDIS package, but are isolated and require support to live in the community.

We appreciate the ongoing prayerful and generous support of our friends and donors who help us sustain the provision of high-quality services for vulnerable people.

Graham Brown
Chief Executive Officer

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