Lutheran Community Care provides community services on behalf of the Lutheran Church in South Australia and Northern Territory.
We support communities through responding to the needs of individuals and families, community development, learning opportunities, accommodation and support.
Much of our work aims to address poverty and injustice so that those in need are empowered to achieve their full potential.
Our services are based on respect, integrity and compassion. We work with communities to develop efficient and effective ways to respond to individuals and families in need. We embrace all people regardless of language, culture, ethnicity or religion.
Our staff and volunteers walk alongside those in need to provide, not just the necessities of food, clothing and shelter but also support and care.
Food + Support + Care = Hope for Thousands of Australians
We were able to immediately provide Karen with food parcels and fuel vouchers as well as bedding and linen and referred her to a housing provider. After working out a budget with Karen, our financial counsellor contacted her creditors to advise that they could not repossess the vehicle as Karen had paid more than 75% of the loan. After lodging a complaint with The Financial Ombudsman, the calls stopped. The financial counsellor also brought the harassment to the attention of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to ensure future behaviour of the creditor was monitored. Karen, after being referred to our relationship counsellor to help her develop coping skills, has now found permanent full-time work. She is doing well with continued encouragement and support from our team and continues to express her gratitude to the workers who helped change her life so significantly.
LCC’s ability to advocate for and support people like Karen is only possible because of supporters like you and gifts like your donation for Parcels+ for Lent. We pray that you are able to continue your support so that others in need will also find hope this year.
To help provide a Food Parcel+ to someone in need, please click here.
Lenten Appeal: How your gift helps the most vulnerable
As we enter the season of Lent and we reflect on the sufferings of Christ, our hearts also respond to the suffering of others in our community. At Lutheran Community Care the demands on our welfare services continue to increase at an alarming rate. This is part of a series of weekly reflections throughout Lent.
'And hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.'
Many of the families who come to us for help never imagined they would ever need to rely on others for assistance. This was what John and Lisa thought. They were skilled migrants who came to Australia with their two children in the hopes of living the Australian dream. With a background in trade, John's skills were desperately needed but after two years of long hours and hard work John had a critical work accident. His injuries were so significant that he was no longer able to continue the same level of work to support his growing family.
To make matters worse, John was denied any entitlements for WorkCover. The family thought they could make do by using their savings but soon their hard earned money was gone and they found themselves visiting LCC for emergency food and clothes. We were able to help them out immediately with goods and food but knew they needed further help to make it through. Lisa was referred to one of our volunteers who helped her update her resume and gave her the confidence to go back to school to finish her nursing registration. Meanwhile, she applied for jobs and with the help of interview tips and techniques from the volunteer, Lisa was able to find a job to finally afford the small things that many of us take for granted.
Lent is a time of the year when we remember Jesus' suffering and sacrificial love for all people. With over 17,000 requests for support last year, our staff see families who are travelling through their darkest days, but our aim at Lutheran Community Care is to provide a glimmer of hope; at the end of every day. The help we are able to provide and success stories like John and Lisa are only made possible because of the prayers and gifts of support we receive from our dedicated congregations.
You too can help provide hope for the thousands of Australians who visit us each year for support. See the insert provided in the March edition of Together magazine or click here to donate to the LCC Lenten Appeal today.
To read Director Helen Lockwood's reflections from previous weeks, please click here.