Here is an extract from the speech given to mark the occasion by our Chair, Tim Johnson:
There’s an old adage – there’s nothing as constant as change. At Baptist Care, we pride ourselves on being nimble in our response to government expectations and community needs. We are unwavering in our pursuit of continuous improvement and we actively seek to empower our staff and volunteers to bring a fresh approach to the fulfilment of their responsibilities – innovation and quality underpin everything we do.
Fundamental to our continued existence is our Christian mandate that we are here to serve and support people as they courageously take steps to change their lives and reconnect with their community. An unbelievable 1 in 10 South Australians need help to find a safe place to call home – with a significant number of these aged just 19 or under. For more than 100 years, we’ve been there to lend a helping hand and combatting homelessness has never been more important to us.
But Baptist Care services also address vital areas such as Youth, Aboriginal Services, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Family Mental Health and Disability. Our Chaplains work in prisons, hospitals, community centres, with the aged and of course with our staff and volunteers. Our commitment to support Baptist communities across the state sees us working in partnership to empower people to discover God’s gifts within themselves to prevent suffering, as well as alleviating it when problems arise. Together we can build a caring community that enables people who are hurting to experience the healing power of our Lord.
Today marks a milestone in the life of Baptist Care SA. Refreshing a brand isn’t just about rejuvenating how we communicate who we are and what we do, it is also an expression of our Values and Purpose and a recommitment to our clients.
In recent years, Baptist Care’s service offering has changed significantly. We have leveraged our expertise and our commitment has been recognised by our funding bodies and stakeholders – as a result we have over two thirds of our more than 1000 staff working 24/7 to support vulnerable individuals, many of them children, to live well in out of home care.
Going forward, we will
- be investing further into the historical heartlands of Inner City homelessness
- expanding our NDIS services offerings, and
- ensuring improved outcomes for children and young people at risk of being removed from their families.
Above all, we want our clients to gain a feeling of love, hope and possibility.
For more information on our new brand, please contact Clare MacAdam, Fundraising & Marketing Manager on (08) 8273 7106 or firstname.lastname@example.org