Message From CEO

Message From CEO

It gives me great pleasure to launch this new website for the Estia Foundation of Australia.
Over my 16 years as General Manager of Estia and more recently CEO, I have seen an increasing demand for respite and more so on permanent accommodation placements for adults in our community with intellectual and physical disabilities. This demand is due to ageing primary carers, who are often battling their own health issues, hence no longer able to provide full time care.

Estia's aim has always been to expand its current facilities, in particular its group home operation to cater to those parents who find themselves in a position where they can no longer care for their disabled son or daughter. Estia has also always envisaged a "whole of life program", where a site is established which offers families support from when a child is born with disability right through until that child reaches adulthood and beyond.

2012 was a tremendous year for the Estia Foundation as it saw Estia achieve two major goals of the organisation. Firstly, Estia was granted recurrent funding of $1.16 million by the the NSW Government to establish a group home complex permanently housing ten individuals with intellectual disabilities. Secondly, the Estia Foundation was awarded by the Supreme Court a property of 25 000 square metres in Blakehurst. The Estia Foundation was successful in its bid in response to a call for tenders associated with the will left by Carolyn Milne Williams as the proposal satisfied more faithfully the wishes of the Kyle Williams Trust.

This is a great achievement not only for Estia but for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and more generally for the entire Greek Australian community. It demonstrates that the professionalism of Estia in addressing so lovingly the needs of disabled people, now places the Greek Orthodox Church at the forefront of such specialised service provision in Australia.

I take this opportunity to thank our spiritual Father and President of the Estia Foundation, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos for his continual blessing and support.
I would like to thank Estia's donators because without them Estia would not be able to meet the shortfall and we appreciate their generosity.

Estia's hardworking Social Committee who all contribute to our organisation on a voluntary basis providing new, innovative ideas.

Finally, to my team of hardworking staff, I thank you for your loyalty and care when attending to the people we support. Your work does not go unrecognised, without you Estia would not be able to operate and I thank you for your efforts in providing a quality service.

Very Revd Father Angelo Alifierakis


 

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