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From its early days translating publications into braille for the visually impaired, Villa Maria’s services and programs evolved over more than a century to see it become one of Victoria’s largest providers of disability and education services supporting children and adults with a disability; senior services and care options supporting older people; as well as support services to families and carers in Victoria and southern New South Wales.
Catholic Homes was established in 1964 to provide residential, community and respite care and retirement living within a Catholic ethos to Victorian seniors. Its direction has included an active expansion of services into new geographical areas, and development of an integrated continuum of retirement living, residential accommodation and care options.
In 2015, Villa Maria and Catholic Homes sought to build on their excellent reputations by merging. As an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Villa Maria Catholic Homes seeks to create and provide significantly stronger services in the aged care, specialist education, and disability sectors in accordance with the Catholic ethos and values of dignity, compassion, integrity and collaboration.
Villa Maria Catholic Homes faces an ever-growing need for its services in an increasingly broad geographical area. While much of our work is government funded, our capacity to build our services and provide support to older people, children and adults with a disability, their families and carers depends on community support, especially support given via gifts in Wills.
In recent years, gifts in Wills have contributed to our work in a variety of ways. For instance, we have been able to:
• renovate and rebuild our children’s respite houses which offer vital overnight respite care and support for children with disabilities aged 6 to 18 years and their families;
• equip our residential aged care facilities with furniture and specialised equipment;
• build a sensory garden at our Carinya Respite Service in Lysterfield to stimulate the senses and improve emotional and physical wellbeing, particularly for those with dementia who may experience anxiety and stress; and
• build up a corpus of funds to facilitate special future projects. For example, in 2010 monies from this fund were used to build Austin Street, Victoria's first purpose-specific home for young people with high level complex care needs (including Acquired Brain Injury) who would otherwise be living in aged care nursing homes.
Choosing to leave a gift to Villa Maria Catholic Homes in your Will will bring meaningful and lasting benefit to future generations - a gift that will pave the way to a brighter future.
Sandra Rosano, Grants and Bequest Officer
(03) 9926 2407
486 Albert Street,
ABN: 32 004 364 103