In 2007, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation made a grant towards the eventual construction of Stage Two of Gippsland Rotary Centenary House at Traralgon.
Centenary House is a community owned facility that provides safe, supportive and affordable accommodation to patients / families of the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre at the Latrobe Regional Hospital.
The House contains 17 motel style guest rooms with full communal facilities including kitchens, dining rooms, lounges, laundries as well as outdoor relaxing areas.
Patients using the facility are subsidised during their stay making the cost of accommodation affordable for everyone.
Guests come from all across Gippsland with most staying 6 weeks during radiotherapy.
EO Tanya Costello visited CLRS this year and joined CEO Susannah Barry at the Minor Street Project.
Community Living & Respite Services was established in 1979 by the local Echuca community to provide respite for parents caring for children with disabilities. The organisation has expanded to assist families and people of all ages with disabilities in the region. CLRS provides respite, supported accommodation, before and after school care, holiday programs, attendant care and various individually tailored programs to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
In response to service user feedback and strategic planning by the Board, CLRS purchased a property located at Minor St, Echuca in 2011. A new purpose built home was built to provide supported accommodation for people with a disability. The home includes two transitional units that will allow occupants to develop independent living skills in a safe and secure environment. When they are ready, the occupants will then be able to move into the private rental market and other persons with a disability will be able to access the transitional units.
Participants in the Cooking for Health Program
In 2013, the Foundation made a grant to St Mary’s House of Welcome’s Cooking for Health Program. The Program provided participants with a collection of basic recipes and lessons on how to cook all the included recipes. The Cooking For Health Program offered support and hope to the disadvantaged people who joined in.
Tanya Costello, the Foundation’s Executive Officer, with Shane Malloy, CEO of McCallum Industries, and an employee during a recent site visit.
A Community grant was made to McCallum Industries in Ballarat which employs over 100 people, the large majority of whom have a disability.
Both staff and supported employees will benefit from the acquisition of a Turnafork forklift. The Turnafork will enable improved lifting techniques, better storage, safer operation and an overall improvement in efficiency.