Centacare Catholic Family Services is a Catholic welfare organisation delivering a range of services across the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide. We are a not-for-profit organisation with a strong focus on social justice.
We strive to support people in our community who have been marginalised and who are experiencing hardships and challenges in their lives. This support will always occur regardless of race, economic circumstance, sexual preference, religious belief or ethnic background.
The Archdiocese of Adelaide had delegated the responsibility of the day to day management to the Director who reports to the Executive of the Curia through the Vicar General. The agency is divided into service units headed by a team of Executive Managers.
We will provide relevant, authentic and effective services that will enhance the quality of life of our clients and will enable them to participate fully, in the community.
We envision a community where people can experience the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Our work is informed by the values embedded in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
Dignity of the Human Person
- We uphold the dignity of all our clients regardless of their circumstances.
Community and the Common Good
- We believe every social group must take account of the needs and legitimate goals of other groups and that being part of a sustaining society is both a right and an obligation.
Dignity of Work
- We believe a person has a right to productive work, a just wage and to participate in democratic processes.
Option for the Socially Disadvantaged and Vulnerable
- We believe for justice to be upheld, we must become compassionate voices in action for all.
- We believe all humankind is interdependent, that we need one another and that we are called to stand with the powerless and the disadvantaged.
- We believe that decisions should be made at the lowest possible level and that those affected by decisions have an opportunity to contribute to the decision making process.
Care of God’s Creation
- We believe the earth is a gift, and as stewards and trustees we have a responsibility to respect that gift and strive for sustainable living.
To uphold these principles as an organisation we strive to develop a culture that:
- Operates within a strong ethical framework informed by Catholic Social Teaching.
- Respects the uniqueness of individuals.
- Ensures we provide quality services through professional and committed staff.
- Focuses our service delivery to meet the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised.
- Works positively with governments, agencies, individuals and communities.
- Expects integrity in all that we do.