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.
Living in one of the most prosperous countries in the world it's hard to believe that 1 in 6 children in Australia live in poverty and each year 2 million people rely on emergency relief to get by.
As we start planning our Christmas gift list it's difficult to imagine what it's like for those people living with financial stress. All through the year, but especially at Christmas, we at LCC have the great privilege of lightening the load of people in need.
Each year the generous Lutheran Women of South Australia groups bake their traditional German honey biscuits which we love including with each of our Christmas Hampers. Last year on distribution day, a young man covered in tattoos walked through the door in search of a hamper. One of our volunteers welcomed the man, who perhaps from first sights would not be someone she would speak to if passing on the streets.
Before the man left with his hamper, the volunteer grabbed a bag of donated honey biscuits and placed it in his box. Upon seeing the biscuits the man suddenly broke down in tears and said 'This reminds of the biscuits my grandmother used to bake for me at Christmas.'
Any gesture that demonstrates care, no matter how big or small, can mean the world to someone struggling at Christmas.
Stronger Relationships for Couples
The Stronger Relationships trial will run for 12 months from 1 July 2014, and provide up to 100,000 couples with $200 towards relationship education and counselling. Visit www.dss.gov.au/strongerrelationships for more information or to register for the trial.
You can use your voucher for a variety of services at Lutheran Community Care. After you receive your voucher number, make an appointment with one of our qualified relationship counsellors or book into a relationship course. For more information about eligibility, counselling locations and upcoming courses click here.