Foothills Community Care is a not for profit Christian organisation which walks alongside those who are in need of a safe place to connect. Through providing a place of hospitality, belonging and engagement Foothills helps people address issues such as family violence, drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental health, and social isolation. For many who come from challenging backgrounds, Foothills is a source of dignity and hope, a place where people can feel safe, valued, and important.
Foothills commenced in 2001, and has grown and developed many programs throughout that time. Annually they serve around 9,000 meals and have around 200 volunteers. Their programs include:
- Ferntree Gully Christmas Day Lunch since 2001, currently 250 people attending, 60-80 volunteers each year
- Ferntree Gully Community Meal, Wednesday night, since 2007, served over 30,000 meals in Ferntree Gully,
- Upwey Meal Night, commenced November 2015, Monday nights @Upwey Baptist Church, averaging around 95 people per week
- Community Casseroles, commenced 2015 providing 100 home cooked frozen meals per month to struggling people with in the hills area
- Knox Council Citizenship Suppers, since 2003, providing supper to new Citizens and their families post ceremony, usually between 6-8 per year
- Dandenong Ranges DV Support Group, since late 2017, supporting women and children
- Ferntree Gully Boarding House Outreach, weekly outreach and support to our local community
- Foothills Barista & Hospitality Training, supporting isolated people with accredited training.