Mercy Community Services SEQ
Mercy Community Services SEQ Ltd comprises family, aged-care and disability services.
History of the ministry
In 1861, Mother Mary Vincent Whitty and five companions volunteered to accompany Bishop Quinn to his newly created Diocese of Brisbane which, at that time covered the whole of Queensland. In the spirit of their foundress, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters were soon engaged in community work such as visitation of the local jails and of the poor in their homes. Within their first year of arriving, the sisters had rented cottages to care for children, who were unkempt and undernourished and had nowhere to stay.
It is from these beginnings that Mercy Community Services SEQ finds itself deeply rooted in the community of Queensland. In 2017, Mercy Community Services SEQ celebrated its 150 year anniversary of supporting Queensland communities from the Nudgee site, beginning there in 1867 as St Vincent’s Home.
The ministry today
Today, Mercy Community Services SEQ continues to fulfil its collective mission to support and inspire people in need to live healthy connected lives within inclusive communities. Mercy Community Services SEQ is driven by its organisational values and draws inspiration from the Gospel, the life of Catherine McAuley and the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, to work where the greatest need exists in the community.
On any given day, there are over 850 Mercy Community Services SEQ employees supporting more than 4,000 people through a comprehensive range of programs and services that cater for all ages, circumstances and seasons of life, in the key areas of Aged Care, NDIS and Families and Young People.
- Aged Care Services: include Home Care, Allied Health, Transition Care, Residential Aged Care and Respite Care. These services span the continuum of care and allow individuals the flexibility to adapt their level of care as their needs change.
- NDIS Services includes: Plan Management and Support Coordination, Supported Independent Living and Specialist Disability Accommodation, Learning and Life Skills and Allied Health and Therapy and the supported employment service known as the Cookery Nook (a high-quality catering service).
- The Families and Young People Services provides: foster and kinship care programs, residential care and transition programs, with significant partnerships within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland. Additionally, we offer counselling, live-in home supports for mothers and babies, community engagement and development programs and multicultural support for refugees and migrant families.
- Romero Centre: forms part of our Families and Young People services. It is a dedicated resource centre for people and families seeking asylum in Brisbane and is fully funded by Mercy Community Services SEQ with the generous support of a few religious institutes and community members. The team at Romero provide case coordination and a range of welcoming, inclusive support services for people seeking asylum.
The Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane Congregation transferred canonical governance of the ministry to Mercy Partners in April 2018.