CareSouth, an Illawarra community organisation that helps bring hope to families in need, is looking forward to its own bright future in a brand new home.
The organisation provides a range of services including foster care, disability services and an aunties-and-uncles program. It will celebrate the grand opening of the Berkeley office next week, transforming the shell of an old supermarket into a modern community hub.
Chief executive Debra Tozer said the opening represented a strengthening of CareSouth's presence in the community and would be a welcoming space for all who walked through the door.
"We're very proud of the calibre of this building and the exceptional work environment it provides for our inspiring staff, carers and clients," she said.
CareSouth's new chairman, Andrew Bonney, a general practitioner for more than 20 years, said he had seen at first hand the struggles carers could face when looking after a family member with a disability, and the value of respite and support services.
"One of the things that frequently makes a difference is a bit of hope," he said.
"You can just imagine the impact when people come in and say we can help you here, the difference that would make - that bit of hope in there can help people believe they can stick it out."
Dr Bonney is also professor at the University of Wollongong's Graduate School of Medicine.
Visit caresouth.org.au for more information.