Centacare Takes Top Honour

Centacare Family Services recently took the crown as the best community not-for-profit organisation in the region, at the Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2023 Business Excellence Awards. Centacare was one of five finalists in the

Photo Caption: Centacare’s Housing First Support Services Coordinator Melissa (middle), and support worker Michelle (left) accepting the Excellence in Community (NFP & Charity) award.

“Excellence in Community (NFP & Charity) category and was announced as the winner at an event held by the Chamber in November.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to win this prestigious award. Whilst our work is about supporting those in need, and we do not seek out praise or glory, it is always nice to be recognized for the hard work and dedication of our team.” Centacare CEO David Power.

Centacare was nominated for this award by a member of the community who had been touched by the support to the homeless community provided by the organisation, through the Housing First Support Service.

“Homelessness support is one of many services we deliver, but one that makes a huge impact on people’s lives. This Christmas we are supporting a growing number of formerly homeless clients who are in their own homes for the first time in many years.”

Geraldton has seen a significant and positive change in the number of people experiencing homelessness, recently being announced as the second community in Western Australia, and third in Australia, to achieve a shift reduction in homelessness. A shift reduction refers to a meaningful reduction of 20% in rough sleeping homelessness for six consecutive months.

“Whilst meaningful progress is being made towards ending homelessness, as a community we should not lose sight of the fact that even one person sleeping rough, would be one too many. There is still a lot of hard work to come.”

Article submitted by Centacare CEO David Power.