Romans 2:4 “God’s kindness leads to repentance”
“Winepress National exists to fulfil Romans 2:4 through having vital partnerships demonstrating active compassion and kindness to others”
We are passionate about people. We believe that we can make a positive difference, through the actions of our faith community and strategic partners. We are first called to ‘Love God’ and through this, to ‘Love Others’.
Areas of need that we support locally:
The Hope Centre was established to create a ‘safe place’ for people to gather, connect and grow. The aim is to provide help, support and hope for those in the community that are struggling, disenfranchised or in need. The possibilities for the Hope Centre are endless and our aim is to grow these possibilities with dedicated people.
Food Bags & Pantry
This is our opportunity to give to those in need in a practical way. The Food bags are filled with easy to prepare meals or toiletries and then given to Local government agencies who pass them onto those in need. They’re also given to people identified by our church members who are struggling, be that neighbours, school families or others through their business contacts. The Pantry provides additional perishable and non-perishable items when available.
On occasion, we have been able to provide items of furniture for immigrant families new to the area.
We have a particular heart for solo parents who meet monthly to share experiences and support each other on their journey. Intermingled with the social and community aspects of the group, we run information and training nights that have inspired and encouraged the group. Past nights have included: budgeting and finance; parenting as a sole caregiver; reason-to-rise (helping people in depression); nutrition and diet; and legal information.
Cornerstone Contact Centre is a faith mission run in the heart of downtown Dandenong. It combines welfare assistance with a Drop-In facility to meet the needs of the many disadvantaged people in the area.
Cornerstone is recognised as a safe haven for people who live on the fringes of society. It provides a variety of programs that meet the needs of this very multicultural community. Cornerstone provides meals and crisis assistance in the municipalities of Casey and Greater Dandenong for people in the district who have multiple needs.
Established in 1999 and incorporated in 2003, CHIPS (Christians Helping In Primary Schools) is a non-profit organisation based in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. CHIPS is well known in the local area for working with primary aged children in crisis and has won the Casey Volunteer Organisation of the Year Award in 2010 and 2014.
Members of the team run programs in and around local schools, businesses and community groups. CHIPS founded Life Gets Better Camps (for children who have experienced trauma, grief or loss), the Day Away program (for children from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds), as well as many other innovative programs for primary school communities.
They draw on the resources of local community groups and passionate volunteers from all beliefs and backgrounds to help conduct these programs.