VMCH and Corpus Christi celebrate merger

The merger between VMCH and Corpus Christi Community Greenvale has been confirmed with members of both organisaitons coming together in celebration this month.

The merger between VMCH and Corpus Christi Community Greenvale has been confirmed with members of both organisaitons coming together in celebration this month.

The two Catholic organisations – which announced their intention to merge in August following a year of collaboration – are uniting to support older men at risk of homelessness. The deal was made official last month and has received the formal endorsement of Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli.

CCCG is a residential care home around 20 kilometres north of Melbourne that provides accommodation and support for marginalised older men with a history of homelessness, complex health needs, or addiction.

VMCH provides residential and home aged care, retirement living, housing, disability and education services in Victoria.

VMCH chair Julien O’Connell and CCCG chair Tom Barry agreed the formal unification would ensure the continuation of CCCG’s critical work for years to come after a long history of working together. 

“We share a common mission and values to deliver compassionate care for people in need, particularly the vulnerable and marginalised,” Mr O’Connell said. “VMCH’s fantastic reach and resources within the aged, disability and affordable housing and community services sectors will be an asset to CCCG residents.” 

Mr Barry said it was “important to ensure CCCG’s specialist work continues for those affected by homelessness and disadvantage and is strengthened within a highly experienced and well-resourced organisation.” 

The new partners celebrated the merger at the Greenvale site on 16 November. The agreement brings the governance and operations of CCCG and VMCH together with each service retaining its name.

A transition committee with members of the CCCG board, management, and residents, along with representative from VMCH, has been established. The merger is expected to take full effect by the end of 2023.

Main image: CCCG and VMCH celebrate the merger at the Greenvale site earlier this month

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