BROPHY Family and Youth Services underwent significant structural reform in the past 12 months to deliver services to a broader range of clients.
Brophy’s annual report released yesterday showed the organisation recorded 20 per cent growth, introducing new programs and expanding services.
Brophy chief executive officer Francis Broekman said it had undertaken the structural reform of its services as part of a shift towards more client-focused outcomes and a business model of service delivery.
Partnerships with other organisations were identified as a key aspect to Brophy’s strategic direction.
New programs included Foster Care, Child First, Family Services, the Social Housing Advocacy Support Program and Foyer Warrnambool.
Mr Broekman said the Foyer Warrnambool service was a “game changer” in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
It has been operating at full capacity since June and was making a positive difference in the lives of the 16 residents on campus, three of whom have babies.
Brophy chairwoman Danielle Cornelissen said the Brophy board had dealt with a plethora of changes in the welfare sector at broader government levels and at local community level.
During 2012-2013, Brophy provided 10,500 nights of accommodation for young homeless people, assessed 520 new people for the headspace program, assisted 107 children and young people in the Foster Care program, supported 139 families in the Family Services program, helped 519 participants in the Healthy Relationships program and entertained more than 2200 young people at events organised by the Kulcha Shift event crew.
More than 600 young people participated in School Focused Youth Services projects, 41 young parents were assisted, 43 people were assisted in the Social Housing and Advocacy and Support Program and 26 young people previously in state care were transitioned to independent living.
Ms Cornelissen said Brophy was in good shape thanks to the support of staff, volunteers and the board.
It recorded a surplus of $160,016 for the year on an operating budget of $7.82 million.
The organisation employs more than 100 staff, operates from six locations and delivers more than 35 programs.