04 July 2018Share
Through a partnership centred on empathy and education, the University and free laundry service will unite with people who are doing it tough.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is joining forces with Orange Sky Laundry as its national education partner in a partnership signed in Canberra on Wednesday 24 May.
ACU and its founding colleges have been educating teachers, nurses and other professionals for generations. The national partnership will allow both organisations to deepen their ties with the community and extend their interaction with them.
ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven said the University would help build on educational capacity for Orange Sky to improve their services to people who are doing it tough, and create development opportunities for volunteers.
“ACU and Orange Sky share a passion and commitment to positive change in society,” Professor Craven said.
“By joining forces, we are not only making a difference but helping communities to see themselves differently. Everyone in our community deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and that’s what our common mission is about.”
Orange Sky CEO Jo Westh said that the Orange Sky mission was to positively connect communities and securing backing from like-minded partners such as the ACU would allow Orange Sky to grow sustainably, staying firmly focused on this mission.
“Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time. It does not define who a person is. But the journey back to reconnection for many is long and tough. We seek to help create a tangible path out of homelessness through opportunities founded on non-judgmental conversation, and positive and genuine connections,” she said.
ACU students all undertake units in the Core Curriculum, designed to foster a sense of curiosity, a defined creativity, and an ability to engage with the world in a meaningful way.