(08) 8212 5100
213 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville SA 5031
Business hours: Weekdays 9am - 5pm

Vision, Values & Strategic Goals

Vision, Values & Strategic Goals

Our Vision

Creating a caring community, engaging youth, strengthening families, supporting the elderly and those in need.

Our Values and Goals

Our values and principles are to nurture love & respect and the intrinsic worth of every human being, in accordance with our Orthodox faith. Our goals are: Creating a caring community, engaging youth, strengthening families, supporting the elderly and supporting those in need.

Our History

Our History

The Greek Welfare Centre (GWC) SA of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (GOAA) is the social welfare arm of the Church in the Third Archdiocesan District of South Australia.  Greek Welfare Centres exist in every state and are directly responsible to His Eminence, The Archbishop of Australia.

For more than 39 years, the GWC has been involved in programs aimed at assisting ethnic groups of the traditional European, Middle-Eastern, Asian and African Orthodox homelands as well as anyone who seeks its assistance in the general population. Our role is to assist anyone who asks for our help.

The GWC is headed by a Board of Management which includes professionals from a range of relevant sectors. It is managed by a CEO who oversees a number of teams and projects that offer many services. Many of our services are subsidized by Federal and State Government grants. The GWC works in close cooperation with its funding bodies, as well as other service providers, the Orthodox parishes and ethnic communities, and the community at large.

St Philothei

St Philothei

The GWC is proud to have St Philothei as its Patron Saint, who is also one of the patron saints of Athens. Saint Philothei lived in Athens in the 16th century under the time of Ottoman oppression. She was born to wealthy parents and married at a young age. She patiently endured ill treatment by her husband, praying for God to mend his ways, but he passed away after just three years of marriage. St Philothei went on to establish a monastery in Athens at which she became the abbess, and dedicated her life to prayer. During this time she also took in many runaway female slaves who had likewise been badly treated by their Ottoman masters. The oppressors saw this as an affront, and would often beat her because of her charity towards the runaways. She continued in this sacred duty in spite of the personal risk to herself, and eventually died a martyr as a result of one of these beatings, on the 19th February, 1589. We commemorate her feast day every year on the anniversary of her passing.

Our People

Our People

       

The Greek Welfare Centre of SA is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. The Greek Welfare Centre’s services for the aged are supported by the Australian Government Department of Health, services for the disabled are supported by Disability SA and our Health and Wellbeing programs by SA Health’s Office for the Ageing. Note that although funding for these services has been provided by the respective government departments, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of those governments.