Community Services are the main focus of ADRA – Adventist Development and Relief Agency. ADRA is a Christian, humanitarian organisation that creates opportunities empowers people and shares hope.
ADRA Australia is part of the global ADRA network and is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. With a presence in 125 countries ADRA was established to provide community development and emergency management to those in need without regard to their ethnic, religious or political affiliation.
ADRA Australia is fully accredited with the government’s Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and is signatory to the Australian Council for International Development. ADRA has also been granted general consultative status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
The work of ADRA Australia is supported by the freewill donations of many private and corporate donors, members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and from grants awarded by the government’s Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
For every dollar invested in ADRA’s work 85c goes directly to community development and disaster relief projects in Australia. The remainder is used for project management services including accountability and administration, community education and fundraising for more resources.
Locally, ADRA operates a Centre in Blacktown, which provides free support services such as counselling, referrals, drug intervention programs and adult literacy education for those struggling with unemployment, abuse, addiction, depression and relationship problems.