Mission Australia releases Annual Report 2018
The generosity of Mission Australia’s supporters and the tireless work of our staff and volunteers saw 119,185 disadvantaged Australians receive the help they needed to move towards independence in 2017-18.
Released today, our Annual Report 2018 highlights the progress made towards our goal of reducing homelessness and strengthening communities across the country over the past year.
Mission Australia continues to be a responsible steward of the funds entrusted to us, with 90.3% of our income invested straight back into our programs and services in 2017-18.
Highlights for the year:
In November 2017 we celebrated the opening of our new aged care facility Benjamin Short Grove. The $16.7 million project – $1.5 million of which was raised by our supporters and partners – has become home to close to 60 elderly people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage in and around Orange, NSW.
An incredible act of generosity by a private benefactor allowed us to open Ebbs House in Sydney. The new facility provides safe housing and wraparound support for men and women experiencing homelessness.
In June 2018 we opened the Stringybark Centre, a treatment facility in Darwin for people affected by alcohol and other drugs. The centre provides 90 beds for adults and offers assessment, sobering up, rehabilitation, withdrawal and aftercare services.
In August 2017 we launched our new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and have since taken significant steps forward in our reconciliation commitments
We continued to put the lives and futures of disadvantaged Australians on the national agenda through our research-based advocacy and media efforts, while our advancements in impact measurement continue to affirm our position as a national leader in this area
Stars of the stage Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens joined forces to help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mission Australia Sleepout. Since our first ever Sleepout in 1988, more than 50,000 people have taken part, helping to raise more than $3 million for vital homelessness services.
In November 2017 we farewelled Catherine Yeomans, who served as CEO since 2014. Catherine was succeeded by James Toomey, who joined Mission Australia in 2010 and has been integrally involved in the growth and development of our organisation since this time.
As we embark upon our 160th year serving Australians in need in 2019, our commitment to this mission remains as strong as ever.
With the support of our donors, funders and partners, we look forward with confidence to the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.
Together we stand.