The Salvation Army SalvoCare Eastern Support & Recovery Centre comprises programs based at Dandenong and Ringwood. The centre offers a Positive Lifestyle Program - a series of one-to-one sessions which run over a ten week period, addressing topics such as,
- Grief and Loss
- Self Esteem
- Stress / Anxiety
- Problem Solving
- Goal Setting
Anger management is a program, which runs for a six weeks period in a group setting. For greater client access it is held in the evening or if required it is run as a one to one program with a separate format.
- Anger (Types of)
- Patterns and Self Esteem
- Family Relationships
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Avoiding Arguments
Aim of the Centre:
To assist all individuals who come for help and advice. We provide positive, encouraging, empathetic, guidance towards problem solving by encouraging people to participate and contribute in their own unique way. In a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
Programs include the 10-session Positive Lifestyle Program, 8-session Advanced Life Skills Program, anger management (both group and one-on-one sessions), relationship and general counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, relapse prevention and an addiction awareness group. We also conduct crisis intervention.
Statistics show that in the last twelve months over 3500 people have attended for counselling and crisis intervention. Clients attending the Centre are referred from different sources:
- Court ordered
- Community Corrections
- Department of Human Services
- Employment Plus
- Juvenile Justice
- Dandenong Drug Court
Started in June 2002, the Dandenong Drug Court is a new approach to people facing the court with drug related crimes. They are highly at risk in many ways, but a breakthrough is being made by treating the disease and person without the focus on a prison sentence.
People seen at the Centre are at risk in various ways eg. no hope, re-offending, overdose with drugs and alcohol, homelessness, poverty, sexual, emotional and physical abuse within relationships.
We see many people whose lives are turned around just by:
- showing them another way to approach a problem
- giving them the respect they often fail to receive
- showing them they are worthwhile people
- introducing the meaning of spirituality
- never giving up on them
- projecting hope instead of hopelessness.
The results include family relationships saved, drug users staying clean, and past clients returning to visit thanking us for turning their lives around.
Funds are required to keep the centre operating efficiently. Our costs include:
- wages for staff
- employment of more counsellors to meet the growing demand for people needing help
- everyday amenities and utilities
- staff training and seminars.