Jesuit Social Services

What we do

Jesuit Social Services works to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential - by partnering with community to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.


Our identity

Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation with a vision of building a just society. We believe that working collaboratively with others is key to achieving this vision. Accordingly, we seek to influence hearts and minds to that end - our program participants, staff, volunteers, government and key decision makers, community, business, church, and the wider community. ...more

Our vision

Building a just society 

Our mission

Standing in solidarity with those in need, expressing a faith that promotes justice

Our purpose

We work to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential - by partnering with community to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.

Our values

Welcoming – forming strong, faithful relationships

Discerning – being reflective and strategic in all we do

Courageous – standing up boldly to effect change 

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A summary of guiding principles: how we work at Jesuit Social Services

The following points summarise the principles that guide our work at Jesuit Social Services.

  1. Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching
  2. Jesuit vision, mission, values
  3. Solidarity with the poor and marginalised
  4. Working collaboratively to influence hearts and minds
  5. Forming communities
  6. Crossing boundaries
  7. Dialogue born of respect
  8. Seeking the greatest good
  9. Providing quality programs
  10. People are relational and social
  11. Inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue
  12. Ecology

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Areas of service and advocacy: where we work in Jesuit Social Services

The promotion of education, lifelong learning and capacity building is fundamental to all our activity. We believe this is the most effective means of helping people to reach their potential and exercise their full citizenship, and to strengthen the broader community.

Our service delivery and advocacy focuses on the following key areas:

  • justice and crime prevention - for people involved with the criminal justice system

  • mental health and wellbeing - for people with multiple and complex needs and those affected by trauma, suicide, and complex bereavement

  • settlement and community building - for recently arrived immigrants, refugees, displaced people and disadvantaged communities

  • education, training and employment - for people with barriers to sustainable employment.

Our Strategic Plan 2014-2017

Governance

Jesuit Social Services is a work of the Australian Jesuit Province, operating under an independent Board of Directors as an incorporated organisation.

All Directors have a strong commitment to social justice and to 'Building a Just Society'.

There are currently 11 members on the Jesuit Social Services Board - the Chairman, four Directors appointed by The Provincial of the Jesuits and six Ordinary Directors.

Our legal status is defined as:

  • A company limited by Guarantee
  • A Registered Charity holding an Endorsement for Charity Tax
  • Concessions and Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) status, allowing tax deductions for donations
  • Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) exempt.

A commitment to ethical investment

A commitment to ethical investment strategies is integral to the way Jesuit Social Services manages its finances.

Ethical investment (sometimes known as socially responsible investment) refers to an investment strategy that includes a commitment to social good and the consideration of social outcomes of investments as well as financial returns.

Our approach to ethical investment aligns with our vision of 'Building a Just Society' and our commitment to upholding the principles of Catholic Social Teaching: human dignity; solidarity; and the common good.

Our Investment Policy includes a commitment not to invest in a range of 'prohibited investment' areas considered to be detrimental to the common good. These prohibited areas include:

  • Tobacco
  • Gaming
  • Uranium mining
  • Private prison corporations
  • Indigenous exploitation
  • Armaments.

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