What is the Cardinal Freeman Centre?

We are a welcoming, friendly, medium-term residential service for men aged 19 years and over. The Centre is based in the Western Suburbs of Granville and we welcome men from all walks of life. We support 15 people in a residential setting and provide onsite living skills program, and intensive case management. We aim to move men into permanent sustainable housing options through case management and education, plus activity-based options. The Cardinal Freeman Centre provides community case management for residents housed in the community, who may require initial ongoing support while settling into a tenancy. We are part of the Parramatta Men’s Homelessness Coalition and we work in partnership with Parramatta Mission, Mission Australia, Department of Community Services (FACS), Housing NSW, Centrelink, Parramatta City Council and Corrective Services.

Who can access the services on offer?

We work with men aged 19 years or more. Referral to our service is through the Parramatta Men’s Homelessness Coalition, via the Crisis Service Hope Hostel. The Cardinal Freeman Centre has an open door policy for all our former residents. Former residents are welcome to visit the Centre if they require support or would just like a cup of coffee and some company. The Centre also runs a Home Reach Program, supported by members of the local St Vincent de Paul Society group, known as a Conference, whose members spend time with former residents on a regular basis.

Where is the Cardinal Freeman Centre located?

The Centre is located in Granville in Western Sydney, NSW. It is close to the Granville train station.

Who benefits from the services?

All of the people participating in services offered at the Cardinal Freeman Centre can benefit from case management and gain assistance with life and living skills. The Cardinal Freeman Centre provides one-on-one case management and has clinical visits from Community Mental Health and access to Centrelink over the phone, via email or in person.

We also hold a 12 week program twice a year called Beyond the Link. The program involves clients becoming TAFE students and aims to reconnect people with the community. This program includes courses such as First Aid, computer skills, therapeutic activities, financial management, men’s health and information sessions with Legal Aid and Centrelink.

Can I volunteer at the Cardinal Freeman Centre?

We have a number of wonderful volunteers supporting the service in different roles. There are not always positions available so it is best to contact the Centre to discuss potential opportunities.

How can I find out more?

For more information, please contact the Cardinal Freeman Centre on (02) 9637 6398 or email manager@cfc.ngo.org.au