In partnership for women and families.
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation supports a number of Australian programs to assist those experiencing particular hardship. While initiated by Good Samaritan Sisters, some programs are now operated via partnerships that bring new possibilities and capacity. Although the number of vowed Sisters in Australia is diminishing, the Good Samaritan tradition of caring for the vulnerable and marginalised continues to find new expression and sustainability.
Good Samaritan Inn, Melbourne
Women and their children need a lot of support to leave a home that is afflicted by family violence. There are so many obstacles that make this path so incredibly difficult – including a shortage of refuge accommodation.
Good Samaritan Inn is a specialist service providing crisis, short-term and transitional accommodation and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence or homelessness. Each year approximately 250 women, children and young people are assisted. Good Samaritan Inn welcomes women, children and young people from all different backgrounds.
Recognising the very important role of education in alleviating long term disadvantage, we provide an education grants program for students who are experiencing particular hardship. The program has been running since 2015. Forty-seven students have been supported in total with 2021 our biggest intake to date. Each student is facing a significant challenge – it could be family violence, serious illness, refugee status or other circumstances. Application information is forwarded to eligible schools in August each year.
Refugee medical fund
Established by Sr Sarah Puls sgs and now operated via a partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), this program helps refugee and asylum seekers in Australia pay for medical essentials such as doctor’s appointments and medication.
This program is particularly important as refugee and asylum seekers are ineligible for most forms of government support and are reliant on the charitable sector. All recipients supported by the fund have undergone a financial hardship assessment via JRS. In the past year, a total of 41 clients / families (comprising 64 adults and 26 children) were assisted by this program.
Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) is a remote Arrernte indigenous community approx. 85 kilometres south-east of Alice Springs with a population of about 550 people. The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation supports the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, a safe place for women to share their culture. The women come together to create unique artworks and painted fabrics which they sell to generate income for themselves and their community.
The Good Samaritan Rural Outreach in remote Western Australia continues under the stewardship of the local Good Samaritan Oblates. Thanks to the support of CCI’s Small Grants program, we are also commencing a trial program to support women in pastoral roles in remote locations. Thanks to CCI for supporting these new shoots!
Note that from 2020, the Good Samaritan Housing program (Brisbane) will be delivered via a new partnership with the Society of St Vincent De Paul. Please contact us if you require further information.