What we do

Presentation Family Centre provides short-term recreation and accommodation to families and individuals in difficult circumstances due to financial hardship, sickness, distress, misfortune or intellectual disability.   The Centre consists of six fully furnished houses where up to 50 people can be accommodated.

 

 

Typical visitors to the Centre include:

  • Families coping with terminal illness
  • Families in transition housing
  • Refugee families with integration challenges
  • Grandparents caring for the children of their sons and daughters
  • Individuals with a mental illness or mild intellectual disorder and their carers/families
  • Families experiencing financial hardship and social difficulties
  • Single parent families
  • Victims of natural disasters

Please note: we have limited resources and are only able to accept clients via referral agencies. At this stage, we do not have the resources to facilitate guests with severe physical disability.  For those who require assistance please contact us to discuss further.

During the School Holidays we conduct children’s programs to support families who are unable to afford a holiday.  Our program co-ordinators and volunteers are on hand to run communal activities for the children, their parents and guardians.  We cater to families from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances.

Our resident Presentation Sister, Sister Mary Keogh, provides pastoral care to our guests throughout their holiday at the Centre.  This support invariably gives our families the strength to carry on with their day-to-day lives and makes them feel part of the ‘family’ at the Centre.

Families have found PFC to be a place that provides the space and opportunity to communicate, to relax and to just feel normal.  Visitors walk away feeling that there is good in the world.

Young people benefit hugely from the holiday program activities.  It helps them to engage with other young people from all backgrounds’. (Windermere Foundation)

‘Considerable advantage is gained by guests from MIND and ALFRED HEALTH.  Clients have the freedom to holiday in an independent way with carers in the vicinity to support if necessary’. (MIND and ALFRED HEALTH)

‘It has allowed me to bring the children on a holiday we otherwise couldn’t have’. (Guest)

‘Home again after our amazing 3 night stay at your delightful cottages.  I did not believe you at all when you said my computer obsessed son would be out enjoying other kids and the activities but you were so right! He had a wonderful time and has made some lovely friends which is a rarity in his life so far.  Thank you from both of us – for the confidence that feeling popular would have bought our son and for the heartwarming kindness of providing me with that gift PLUS a lovely break’. (Guest)