St John's Care
Hardship and setback can strike anyone—an unexpected crisis, the loss of a job, health problems, family breakdown and a number of other reasons. We are here to help and support all people in a non-judgmental manner with dignity and respect.
Bridging the Gap - Breaking the Cycle
St John’s Care aims to bridge the gap and break the cycle of disadvantage, isolation and economic hardship with compassion, advocacy, respect and encouragement through the provision of emergency relief and other programs.
St John’s Care is:
A parish based, community organisation working in partnership with Anglicare
A recognised emergency relief provider in the ACT region
Funded primarily through donations from community and church groups, businesses and individuals
Proudly staffed by both volunteers and professionals
Committed to the flexibility required to meet the individual needs of clients who struggle with issues of low income and social disadvantage
Unlike large national charities, St John’s Care receives no ACT government support. It reflects Christianity, arguably at its best, by doing. – Graham Downie, The Canberra Times
Our programs include:
EMERGENCY RELIEF – Financial hardship can strike anyone—an unexpected crisis, the loss of a job, health problems and a number of other reasons. We provide emergency assistance in the form of food (including fresh fruit and vegetables), clothing, prescription filling, bus fares, blankets and a limited amount of financial help to meet the basic requirements of people in need. Information and referral to a variety of services is also provided, including help to find the right agency or department to deal with a problem. All people are treated in a non-judgmental manner with dignity and respect. Donate food and other items.
COMMUNITY WORKER – Our Community Worker position supports clients with a variety of complex issues that require extra attention in order for them to be supported in a more holistic manner. It provides a link between the important work our volunteers do on the ground, providing clients with emergency relief, and the circumstances that bring them to the service in the first place. Circumstances that hinder them from being able to break free from disadvantage. The position is jointly funded by SJC and Anglicare, through its Survive and Thrive program.
COMMUNITY LUNCHES – a free lunch is held on the first Friday of the month. Besides being served a nutritious, home cooked, two or three course meal, it is an opportunity to strengthen a sense of connectedness and community among the people who attend. We serve around 75 to 100 meals per month.
PATCH-A-PUZZLE – volunteers repair and restore wooden puzzles for early childhood centres.
CHRISTMAS PRESENT ROOM – the fortnight before Christmas Day a Christmas Present Room is established. Presents are generously donated which enables parents to select a gift for their child or children. It is basically a toy shop without a cash register. Hampers are also provided.
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH – an open house is held each Christmas Day in the St John’s Hall.
TELSTRA – we distribute Telstra vouchers for those having difficulty with their telephone accounts.
RAW POTENTIAL CANBERRA (formerly YouthCare Canberra) - St John's Care is the service provider for RAW POTENTIAL which targets those young people in our community that are most at-risk, disadvantaged or disengaged. Youth Workers out into the community to engage with young people who cannot, or will not, access services, working with them over time to re-connect them to mainstream society.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience. It gives you a chance to get involved with something you feel passionately about and use your skills to help others. St John’s Care offers hands-on opportunities for volunteers to work for the sake of others.
Address and Contact Details
Open 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
45 Constitution Avenue, Reid, 2612.
(located within the St John’s Church Precinct)
Tel: 02 6248 7771
GPO Box 219, Canberra. 2601.
Sarah Murdoch, Executive Officer.
Jason Haines, Programs Manager.
Steph Stephenson, Community Worker.
Tracy Creber, Finance and Administration Officer
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