CatholicCare Community Programs comprises our Community Kitchens (based in Taree and Forster-Tuncurry), our Refugee Hub and our Food Programs, including a meal home delivery service. Underpinning our Community Programs are the Catholic social teaching principles of dignity of the human person and the common good.
CatholicCare is committed to providing excellence in care and assistance to families, children and individuals. This extends to supporting and reaching out to the marginalised and vulnerable in our community.
Our Community Kitchens are located in Taree and Forster-Tuncurry to offer practical help for people in need. To further assist the disadvantaged, this outreach program also provides information and referrals to other services in our network that may be of use to them.
Community Food Programs
To help ease the burden of homelessness, CatholicCare Food Programs provide hot, nutritious meals across the region. Working in collaboration with other agencies including Orange Sky Laundry, our team of dedicated volunteers provide food, hospitality and friendship to the marginalised in our community. CatholicCare Food Programs are key outreach services that engage directly with people who may require support and assistance, as well as access to information and other services.
CatholicCare Food Programs support more than 150 people each week across six sites: at Islington, Maitland, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Toronto and Woodberry, and now make 500-600 meals per week for home delivery.
The success of CatholicCare Food Programs is contingent on the generous support of local businesses who provide fresh produce, meat and bakery items that our volunteers use to make nutritious meals.
Community Refugee Hub
The Refugee Hub plays an integral role in the settlement of refugees in the Newcastle and Hunter region. By working collaboratively with other service providers, Refugee Hub walks with refugees to support and empower them on their journey to independence.
Refugee Hub operates a comprehensive and individualised intake and referral system, as well as providing short-term casework support for refugees and new migrants to access community services. Utilising Refugee Hub’s experienced and professional networks, refugees and new migrants are provided with strong advocacy and referral pathways to connect with the supports they need.