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Thank you for helping us help those in need

Every time you choose a St John of God Health Care hospital, you help us provide outreach services to people in need in our community.
Thank you for helping us help those in need

30 August 2019 

As a not-for-profit organisation, St John of God Health Care has a proud history of providing outreach services in areas of unmet need, many of which are delivered for free or at low cost through an allocation of eligible revenue from our hospitals.

In fact, in the 2018/2019 financial year, St John of God Social Outreach provided $23.5 million in funded services to people experiencing mental health challenges, in need of a secure and stable home or to build capacity in developing nations such as Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Social Outreach CEO Sue Cantwell said this was a powerful expression of the St John of God Health Care values of hospitality, compassion, respect, justice and excellence in action.

“Many people who come to our hospitals for their care would be unaware that in doing so, they were helping people experiencing significant disadvantage and were sometimes at the most vulnerable point in their lives before they sought our help,” Sue said.

“For example, at Horizon House we provide homes and support to over 100 young people between 16 and 22 years of age, many of whom have literally no one else to turn to for support and were either on the streets or at serious risk of ending up there,” Sue said.

“Similarly, in Sydney at Casa Venegas, we provided over 8,000 nights of stable accommodation for people with long-term mental health conditions,” she said

Sue said St John of God Social Outreach had grown significantly over the past 12 months, with services now spanning Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea, focused on areas where there was the greatest demand for accessible services.

2018/2019 highlights

  • 4,490 people supported
  • $23.5 million in free or low-cost services provided to people in need
  • Grew services to 44 locations in areas of unmet need
  • 40,363 nights of stable accommodation provided

St John of God Social Outreach at a glance

Horizon House - giving at-risk young people a home, hope and life-changing support
Casa Venegas - breaking the cycle of homelessness, isolation and mental health barriers
Raphael Services - supporting parents through the emotional challenges of pregnancy and early parenthood
Community mental health services – supporting people on their journey of mental health recovery
International health - building skills and systems to develop local healthcare capabilities