Service innovation, staff profiles and client reflections are among the stories highlighted in Centacare Catholic Family Service’s Annual Report 2021-22.

Published today, the report explores our achievements in a year that reinforced Centacare’s mission, purpose and client focus.

In her message, Director Pauline Connelly reflects on the Catholic Social Teaching principles that inform the values embedded in our work and provide a steadfast anchor amid challenges and change.

Pauline also looks to the future, as the organisation prepares to celebrate its 80th year providing social and community services in South Australia.

Other stories include:

  • How early intervention program Breathing Space is filling a service gap for young women who have experienced removal of a child
  • The role of reunification service Unify in breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma
  • How Port Adelaide Football Club AFLW players are empowering female secondary students
  • Centacare’s role in the ground-breaking Alliances, formed to service the complex and evolving needs of clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness across SA
  • The inspiring resilience of clients engaged with disability services
  • How Centacare Registered Training Organisation is supporting students to lead with lived experience
  • The seed of hope found at Alban Place, as told by a client facing substance misuse challenges
  • Aboriginal Community Development Officer Danica Davidson’s all-consuming quest to find her ancestry.  

Relationship Support Services staff Clare Klapdor and Kay Buckley feature on the cover of the Annual Report, which documents their role providing parenting support to women in prison.

Kay is among Centacare’s longest-serving employees, having dedicated the past 27 years to supporting parents and children through education and skills training.

During the reporting period, Centacare supported 21,305 clients including 4541 children and 2408 culturally and linguistically diverse clients – more than double the previous year – through 67 services across 31 sites in regional and metropolitan SA.

Annual revenue totalled $50.1 million with paid staff now at 510.

Centacare secured $29.2 million from grant funding and $17.6 million from fee-for-service programs. Total equity increased to $9.1 million on a total asset base of almost $23 million.