The Sisters of Charity Outreach offer compassionate support to those who are vulnerable and, in the process fostering a quality of life aligned with each person’s innate dignity. They have a special focus on the well being of women and families.
The motto of the Sisters of Charity – The love of Christ urges us – calls all Christians to respond to those in need and the outreach services of the Congregation draw together a committed community of volunteers and staff who adopt the Gospel values of:
The Sisters of Charity Outreach provide a range of services. Examples include:
- Court Support, which provides assistance to attending court;
- Time Out, which provides support and relief for carers; and
- Safe Haven, which provides short term crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence. The clip below highlights the experience of women attending Safe Haven.
Reproduced below is an article about the outreach work of the Sisters of Charity from the November 2016 issue of Act Justly.
At Sisters of Charity Outreach we stay true to our mission of supporting the poor and the vulnerable to address unmet need by striving to support the aged and the frail through our services. Outreach also provides a sense of belonging through volunteering and a sense of being part of a community through “Compassion in Action” in the services we provide. When we speak of volunteering and supporting the community at Sisters of Charity Outreach, we speak about the concept of “social inclusion” in its many forms. In a society where we are growing older whilst at the same retaining our health and abilities, volunteering fulfils two of the objectives when caring for the older members of our society. Maintaining the dignity and wellbeing of older members of the community is a vital part of the work of Sisters of Charity Outreach – through the dignity of feeling valued as a volunteer when giving to others, or the dignity felt by the vulnerable when receiving social support from a volunteer.
As a community, Outreach works together to achieve our Mission by drawing on the gifts and talents of our volunteers and staff. This is the story of one volunteer, Emma, and her journey as an Outreach volunteer addressing social isolation in the community.
‘I was initially attracted by the spiritual ethos and aspirations of the Outreach program. The care and thoughtfulness with which the staff and the Sisters carry out their work is infectious. Outreach also provides an opportunity to be involved in different services rather than having to just stick with one program, so I can work alongside like-minded people from varying backgrounds and experiences’.
One of the programs that Emma finds rewarding is the Visit Program for socially isolated people (particularly the aged and the frail): ‘The Visit Program has given me the chance to step into the lives of some very wonderful people. Each person I visit has a rich history and a unique personality, and in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, I am privileged that they share with me their individual joys and challenges. I am learning a lot through their life experiences, and through their conversations, they all give me more than I feel that I can ever give them’.
Emma also helps out as a driver for Country Care Link: “Country Care Link offers transport to people who need to travel to Sydney for medical treatment. All of the clients I drive are so very grateful for the help they are receiving; it is one thing less that they need to worry about. It has been a humbling experience for me to help them in some small way through a trying period in their lives.
I think my volunteer work provides a lot of personal satisfaction by contributing to a real need in the community and I feel that the time and energy expended on the clients by Outreach inspires volunteers like me to lift the bar on our performance”.
General Manager of Outreach Gary Sillett recognises the immense contribution that volunteers like Emma* and the 202 other volunteers live our mission and make a difference to those around them. ‘Over 75% of Outreach’s volunteers are over 55 years old and they are the lifeblood of our organisation. We are very grateful to our volunteers who generously give us the gift of their skills and their time’.
* name changed for privacy
To learn more about the Sisters of Charity Outreach, the services offered and how you can volunteer, please visit the Sisters of Charity Outreach website.
To financially support the Sisters of Charity Outreach click: https://payonline.stvincents.com.au/donationoutreach.php