For more than two decades, Cabrini has supported and operated a formal social and community outreach program designed to help us identify and fulfil unmet needs in our local communities and beyond.
Cabrini Health Limited (Cabrini) is part of an international network sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was founded in Italy in 1880 by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini with a commitment to work as bearers of God’s love in the world. More than 150 years later, the Cabrini Sisters are present in 17 countries including Australia.
Cabrini’s social outreach program was formalised in 1992 in response to a request by the Cabrini Sisters (owners of Cabrini in Australia) to more closely align our organisation to their missionary vision and goals. The Cabrini Sisters challenge us to develop new and creative forms of charity that respond “passionately and swiftly” to unmet needs in our community.
Cabrini’s approach to social outreach was formalised in 1992, effectively helping us to more closely align our organisation with the Cabrini Sisters’ missionary vision and goals. It began with the establishment of Cabrini Centacare (now CatholicCare) whereby Cabrini provided funding to establish family counselling services in the City of Stonnington. The service still operates today and it remains the only not-for-profit counselling service in the suburb. The success of this experience set the model for our program.
We seek to bring value to the program through our human, financial and material resources and by contributing our skills, knowledge and services. Our experience demonstrates that strong partnerships are an effective way to address economic and social disadvantage.
Principles of our social and community outreach program
Cabrini’s social and community outreach program is underpinned by seven principles, which reflect Catholic social teaching and embody our values:
- Mutual respect and trust are the foundation of good partnerships. It involves listening to one another, transparency, probity, flexibility, joint planning and accountability, as well as working through potential conflict situations
- Projects must be people-centred with empowerment at their heart
- We give priority to projects which involve collaboration with all relevant sectors of the community to promote the common good
- Stakeholders must be involved in consultation, planning, implementation and evaluation of the project
- A commitment to long-term engagement and sustainability
- Collaboration with others, including all levels of government and social institutions, must be based on a shared unified vision
- Where advocacy is an element of the partnership, projects should be initiated with local communities so that they can lobby the appropriate layer of government for the implementation of their rights
Growth of the program
Growth of our social and community outreach program
In 2010, we set ourselves a three-year, strategic goal of trebling real expenditure in social outreach and community activities. In 2013, we achieved this goal, investing a total of $3.07 million.
We committed to:
Cabrini’s commitment to social and community outreach is ongoing, as we seek to identify and fulfil unmet needs in our community and beyond.
Changes in financial support
Recently we increased our financial commitment to:
These three organisations now account for almost 30 per cent of our annual social outreach budget.
Our total contribution to CatholicCare, Cabrini Ministries and Jesuit Social Services now covers: