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The 4Cs Team

The 4C’s Team

The 4C’s

The MISSION of 4C’s Crisis Relief Centre is to minister honour, generosity and hope through the practical and Christ like provision of practical aid to the crisis torn, the poor and the marginalised of our community and to undergird that practical help with emotional and spiritual support.

The ORGANISATION is a multi-denominational project of the combined Churches of Cardinia who seek to unify the community and provide a one stop shop for anyone in crisis.

Presently, according to Vic Relief, 4C’s is the biggest non-government aided organisation of its kind in Victoria and its multi award winning* operation is the benchmark for the compassionate and effective care of the poor. [* Australia Day, VicRelief, Paul Newman, Rotary Int, Lord Mayor Awards etc.]

Currently 4C’s is helping over 200 families per day [around 40,000 separate individuals making approx. 200,000 visits per year]

4C’s PROVIDES Emergency Finance, No Interest loans, Food relief [500+ tonnes in 2013] Emergency Accommodation, Furniture, Clothing, Bedding, Budgeting and financial adviceDebt Liaison, Crisis and long term counseling, and a variety of education, quality of life programs such as cooking, computer management etc. All this is achieved with huge amounts of dignity, hope, generosity and laughter.

Cardinia Combined Churches Caring began in 1997 to provide emergency food relief for the residents of the Cardinia Shire. To be eligible for assistance you must live in the Cardinia Shire and be experiencing a crisis. Proof of residence must be provided at every visit.

FaHCSIA Funded Assistance

Commencing 1st July 2008 through monies provided by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) we are able to assist clients with an extension of our Emergency Crisis Relief Services.

The help includes crisis payments to:

  • Rental Assistance
  • Electricity
  • Gas (Mains And Bottled)
  • Water (Mains And Cartage)
  • Telstra Vouchers (Landline only)
  • Other Telephone Providers (At 4Cs discretion)

As well as:

  • Pharmaceutical Medications
  • Limited Food Vouchers
  • Petrol Vouchers (Restricted to doctors appointments and/or job interviews only
  • Train tickets
  • Firewood

4C’s is manned entirely by volunteers from the local community and at present there are approximately 80 volunteers involved in different areas of the centre’s work. These include operation of the centre on a daily basis, shopping for centre, cleaning of centre, picking up bread on a rostered basis nightly from Baker’s Delight and Brumby’s Bakery, fundraising and being on the Committee of Management.

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