I am always struck when hearing our client stories first-hand, not as much about the pathways which have led them into homelessness, rather the strength of the human spirit so evident in the journey to recovery.
The vast majority of the women, men and young people we work with have had to overcome significant trauma in their lives and I am in awe of their resilience and courage in their efforts to build a positive future.
While a snapshot of our organisational achievements can detail some of our efforts over the past year, the true measure of our success lies in our ability to lead people out of hardship and disadvantage. It is the real life stories that bring to life the work of the organisation and the real impact we are having. I hope you will take the time to read the client stories we have in this year’s report, including:
- Lionel, who describes how he is now ‘addicted to sobriety’ after getting his own bike
- Allan, who rebuilt his life after experiencing homelessness and is now advocating as a volunteer
- Leah, who after enduring many years of family violence has now found a safe place to live
- Fifi, who fled the civil war in Syria and is slowly rebuilding her life with her family
- Peter, who turned his life around and overcame his alcohol addiction
VincentCare staff members interact daily with some of the most disadvantaged people living in our community. I am continually impressed with their willingness to go above and beyond, to help clients to achieve success and the dignity and respect they continually show to those who seek our support.
John Blewonski, CEO, VincentCare Victoria
VincentCare is well equipped to provide a continuum of services that most effectively meet the needs of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Strategic Directions 2015-2018 looks outwards, to ensure that VincentCare is aligned with, and prepared for, the changing external environment in which we operate.
Some of the key external drivers that have informed the development of Strategic Directions 2015-2018 include:
- Consumer directed support: empowering clients to define their aspirations will best position VincentCare in a consumer directed environment and contribute to improved outcomes for clients.
- Government and sector reform: across the human services sector, wide ranging reform agendas have been introduced to drive efficiencies in the way that services are delivered to provide more comprehensive, integrated and outcomes focused
supports for vulnerable people.
- A changing workforce profile: attracting and retaining skilled and committed employees aligned to our values, is a key strategic priority for VincentCare moving forward.
The development of Strategic Directions 2015-2018 has been undertaken through extensive planning and consultation by the Board, Senior Management Team and staff from across the organisation. I have appreciated the expertise and commitment of all those who have contributed to its development and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in the implementation of our new strategic direction.