By Mitchell Clarke
The 4Cs Crisis Relief Centre will officially cease providing emergency relief services to the shire of Cardinia from 1 December 2019.
It was announced on Thursday 26 September that due to funding constraints, population growth and a rapidly increasing client base, the capacity for the organisation to continue their services has diminished.
A taskforce of local community agencies, including the 4Cs, has collaborated to ensure important services are continued.
The Salvation Army, with support from Cardinia Shire Council, will transition 4Cs clients over the next few months and will offer emergency relief services from 2 December to all shire residents in need via the Salvation Army Doorways program.
Cardinia Shire Council and the Salvation Army said: “we commend the 4Cs, their committee and volunteers for their commitment and passion throughout the many years have provided hope and support to the community.
“Their dedication, commitment, passion and compassion have ensured the most disadvantaged, most vulnerable members of our community have received hope and the care they need in times of crises.”
Since 1997, the 4Cs have operated in the emergency relief space, assisting thousands of Cardinia locals each year, with 12,250 families aided in the last financial year.
The organisation was a multi-denominational project of the combined Churches of Cardinia ran by volunteers to provide a range of services including emergency finance, food relief, emergency accommodation, clothing, bedding and counselling.
To find out more about the Salvation Army Doorways Program, visit: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/about-us/our-services/doorways-and-emergency-relief/