A message from our Territorial Social Programme Director
At a time of social change and increasing financial pressures on families, especially single-parent families, The Salvation Army continues to go to enormous efforts to improve lives, opportunities and services for disadvantaged people through more than 600 social programmes and activities in 290 disparate locations.
The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory works with people who desperately need our help. This year we assisted more than 550,000 peoplein their own personal crises, including emergency relief services for more than187,000 Australians.
There are people who may seem invisible in our society. Men, women and children who do not have the opportunity to participate fully and who consequently do not feel valued by our society. But The Salvation Army values them highly and works to provide them with the opportunity to be a part of an inclusive community.
Participation in society requires basic support and access to resources that not all people possess. Salvation Army services provide financial counselling and assistance, food and food vouchers, beds for homeless people, accommodation for homeless elderly Australians, shelter for survivors of domestic and family violence and thousands of blankets for those who have no option but to live on the streets. The Salvation Army’s aid also includes the hard work of members of The Salvation Army Employment Plus and Salvos Stores.
Salvation Army mission in social programmes and services assists people to develop capacity to contribute to the nation’s life and welfare. The Salvation Army’s desire to help those who need our aid was evident at the opening of Foley House in Footscray (Victoria) on 17 May 2013 by former Territorial Commanders Commissioners Raymond and Aylene Finger.
Foley House provides a 24-hour home for 46 people who were previously homeless, as well as case management and support for the residents’ concerning life issues such as mental health, substance abuse and other complex needs. It is truly a home for those who know no other place to rest their heads. They are accepted at Foley House; their presence is honoured and their contribution to that community is respected.
The Salvation Army wants to see everyone treated with respect. Every client of The Salvation Army and every individual who comes into our care is regarded as if they were the prime minister of this country, because every human being has inherent worth and can make a contribution to Australia.
Territorial Social Programme Director