St Luke’s Anglicare and Anglicare Victoria will merge from July 1.
In an announcement today, Anglicare Victoria chairman Damian Neylon and St Luke’s Anglicare board president Bishop Andrew Curnow confirmed their welfare organisations would merge.
Bishop Curnow said the joining of the two not-profit organisations would help better serve communities.
“The aim of this decision is to better respond to the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community, and to ensure stability and growth for the future of both agencies,” he said.
Bishop Curnow also said the merger was a decision reached by both boards of directors during nine months of talks.
Mr Neylon said the organisation would now be able to deliver a more diverse and dynamic range of programs.
“We are witnessing two organisations demonstrating their ability to come together at a time when the welfare sector is under pressure from increased government policy shift and reform," he said.
“Many people have worked tirelessly to make this happen and I congratulate all those involved, at both St Luke’s and Anglicare Victoria."
Bishop Curnow said it had been a highly collaborative process.
“We thank everyone who has contributed to bringing this announcement to fruition, and I particularly thank our staff and clients for their patience and support during this time.”