Micah Projects

Our Community 2016/17

Dr Brian Donohoe with Dan. Photography: Craig Holmes.

The impact that Micah Projects can have in the daily lives of the people we support is only made possible through the unwavering and ongoing support that we receive from our partners, our supporters and the local community. While each contribution is unique, heartfelt and greatly appreciated, this year we would like to extend the following particular thanks.

St Laurence's walk the walk

This year we were once again honoured to be a beneficiary of St Laurence’s College annual walkathon. The event witnessed a sea of over 1800 yellow t-shirt bedecked students and staff sweep through the city as they completed a 15 kilometre trek around the Brisbane River. Their theme for this year ‘Walking for our community’, gave clear insight into the values that motivate their school community to help make a difference.

Having donated $5,000 in 2014 and again in 2015, St Laurence’s doubled their giving in 2016 to $10,000, providing vital funding to support our work in the community.

Backpacks, hampers and more

Australian property group, Charter Hall, and global mining group, Rio Tinto donated a range of much needed items as part of their commitment to supporting the community, including vulnerable families. Having consulted with Micah Projects regarding the needs of people we support, Charter Hall donated 100 brand new backpacks lovingly filled with items for children, 100 individual food hampers and an additional supply of bedding, personal care items, books and toys.

Rio Tinto donated over 100 gift hampers, which included both Christmas hamper items and individual food hampers. They also provided an additional supply of soft toys and personal care items.

Help in a crisis

It is not uncommon for women, especially those fleeing domestic and family violence to leave with few, if any possessions. This year the Department of Premier and Cabinet donated over 50 women’s crisis clothing packs, children’s packs and toys. These packs comprised the much-needed basics that women and children need during the initial stages of crisis.

Outstanding service to vulnerable people

While all our volunteers inspire us with their generosity of spirit, occasionally there are people who truly sand out. Dr Brian Donohoe has worked with Micah Projects as a volunteer Medical Practitioner since 2011. He started at the Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre and when the centre closed he began work at Brisbane Common Ground. His passion and commitment to reducing health inequality in Brisbane is an inspiration and he will continue to work with us at the Inclusive Health Clinic.

Deloitte help us continue Talkin'

Following on from their generous pro bono support in 2016, Deloitte have continued their support as we implemented and embedded our new performance development framework ‘Talkin’. This customised, online coaching tool provides staff development and promotes shared responsibilities. Having already scoped, designed and developed the Talkin platform, Deloitte is providing Micah Projects with ongoing support for the online system. This tool is supporting our mission by delivering better coaching outcomes for our staff, to the benefit of our organisation and the people we support.

Working Together

Through valued partnerships and strategic collaborations Micah Projects has become a dedicated, evidence-driven, community organisation supporting thousands of people experiencing disadvantage. We especially thank our principal funders, the Queensland and Australian governments and Brisbane City Council, and the businesses, community groups and individuals who support our many services and programs.


Brisbane City Council
Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN)
Brisbane South PHN
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Department of Education and Training
Department of Housing and Public Works
Department of Social Services
Mater Misericordiae Ltd
St Vincent’s Health Australia

Queensland Government

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
- Community and Personal Histories’ Unit
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
- Child, Family and Community Services
- Corporate and Executive Services
- Disability Services and Seniors
- Strategy, Engagement and Innovation
Department of Education and Training
- Early Childhood Education and Care
- Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Department of Housing and Public Works
- Housing and Homelessness Services
- Buranda Housing Service Centre
- Capalaba Housing Service Centre
- Chermside Housing Service Centre
- Fortitude Valley Housing Service Centre
- Inala Housing Service Centre
- Rockhampton Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney General
- Brisbane Magistrates Court
- Gambling Community Benefit Fund
- Office of Public Guardian
- Queensland Integrated Court Referral Program
- Queensland Corrective Services
- Probation and Parole
- Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Queensland Health
- Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
- Child and Youth Mental Health Service
- Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services
- Metro North Hospital and Health Service
- Caboolture Hospital
- Homeless Health Outreach Team
- Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
- Metro South Hospital and Health Service
- Community Child Health Service Coorparoo
- Princess Alexandra Hospital
Queensland Ambulance Service
Queensland Ombudsman
Queensland Police Service
Queensland Treasury
- State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER)
TAFE Queensland Brisbane
The Public Trustee

Australian Government

Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Community Engagement Team
- Homeless Outreach Team
Commonwealth Ombusdman
Department of Social Services
- Family and Children
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses
to Child Sexual Abuse

Brisbane City Council

Lifestyle and Community Services

Pro Bono Partners

McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Monica Bradley
MPN Lawyers

PIR (Partners in Recovery) Consortium

Brisbane South PHN
FSG Australia
Gallang Place
Harmony Place
Neami National
Richmond Fellowship Queensland
Stepping Stone Clubhouse
The Benevolent Society
The Brook Red Centre

Universities / Research

Australian Catholic University
Curtin University
Flinders University
Griffith University
- Community Intern Program
- School of Human Services and Social Work
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
Macquarie University, Parents as Teachers Program
Monash University - Department of Social Work
Queensland University of Technology
- School of Early Childhood
- School of Public Health and Social Work
Southern Cross University
University of New South Wales
University of Queensland
- Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Support
- UQ Health Care
- Institute for Social Science Research
- School of Dentistry and Oral Health Centre
- School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
University of Sunshine Coast
- School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Business and Law

Inclusive Health Partners

Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Australia
Mater Misericordiae Ltd
St Vincent’s Health Australia

500 Lives 500 Homes Partners

Anglicare Southern Queensland, Homelessness Services, Women and Children
Australian Red Cross
Brisbane City Council
Brisbane Housing Company
Brisbane South PHN
Brisbane Youth Service
Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Australia
Churches of Christ in Queensland
Common Ground Queensland
Department of Housing and Public Works
Footprints in Brisbane
Gateway Community Group
Homeless Health Outreach Team (HHOT)
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
Kyabra Community Association
Local Government Association of Queensland
Mater Misericordiae Ltd
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
Queensland Injectors’ Health Network (QuIHN)
Queensland Police Service
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH)
Services Collaborating for Young People
Silky Oaks
Southside Community Care
St Vincent de Paul Society
Supported Accommodation Providers’ Association (SAPA)
The Big Issue
The Salvation Army Pindari and Youth Outreach Service
Wesley Mission Brisbane
Youth Emergency Services

Businesses, Organisations and Individuals

139 Club
98.9 Murri Radio
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS)
- ATSICHS Woolloongabba
- ATSICHS Northgate
- Indigenous Youth Health Service
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS)
Aboriginal Hostels
ACT for Kids
Albert Park Flexi School
Alliance of Forgotten Australians
Alzheimer’s Australia
Ana Borges Psychology
Anglicare Southern Queensland
- Anglican Women’s Hostel
- St Mary’s Supported Accomodation for Young Women
ARAFMI Queensland
Australian Alliance to End Homelessness
Australian Common Ground Alliance
Australian Pensioner and Superannuants League
Bahloo Women’s Youth Shelter
BDO Australia
Blue Knot Foundation
Bosanquet Foley Architects
Bric Housing
Brisbane Domestic Violence Service Partners
- Brisbane South PHN
- Churches of Christ in Queensland - Intensive Family Support, South and South West Brisbane
- Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
- Department of Housing and Public Works
- Domestic Abuse Intervention Program
- DV Connect
- FACC (Family and Child Connect)
- Friends with Dignity
- Holland Park Court
- Jabiru Community Youth and Children’s Services
- Kurbingui Youth Development
- Launch Housing VIC
- Mercy Community Services
- Nundah Neighbourhood Centre
- Optic Group
- Queensland Corrective Services - Probation
and Parole
- Queensland Police Service
- Richlands Court
- RizeUp Australia
- Sandgate Court
- Second Bite
- South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre
- The Lady Musgrave Trust
- Wesnet/Telstra Safe Connections
- Zonta Club of Brisbane East
Brisbane Partnerships: Strengthening Families and Communities
- Community Living Association
- Jabiru Community Youth and Children’s Services
Brisbane Youth Service - Centre for Young Women
Carinity Education Southside
Catholic Church Insurance
Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton
Caxton Legal Centre
CCDA (Capricorn Community Development Association)
- Aged Care Services
- Family Relationship Services
Centre Against Sexual Violence
Child Aware
Chilli Fire
Churches of Christ in Queensland - Intensive Family Support Services
Clare Homes
Combined Women’s Refuge Group
Community Sector Industry Alliance
Compass Housing Services
Conrad Gargett
COTA Queensland
CQ Legal Service
Dr Angela Plunkett
Dr Brett McDermott
Dr Brian Donohoe
Dr Fiona Mack
Dr Jim O’Connell
Epic Assist
Find and Connect Web Resource Team
Foodbank Queensland
Forde Foundation
Full and Frank
Housing Innovations
Howard Neilsen, NAC Consulting
Iain De Jong, OrgCode
Inala Community House
INCH Housing
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) -
Mums and Bubs Hub Salisbury
Intuit Works
Jane Street Community Garden partners
Jigsaw Queensland
Jobs Australia
Kangaroo Point Neighbourhood Watch
KidSafe Queensland
Kummara Indigenous Family Care
Kyabra Community Association
Legal Aid Queensland - Child Protection Early Intervention Legal Help
Link-Up (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation
Living Well
Lotus Place Partners
- Anglican Church of Southern Queensland
- Archdiocese of Brisbane – Catholic Church
in South East Queensland
- Churches of Christ in Queensland
- Presbyterian Church of Queensland
- Queensland Baptists
- The Salvation Army Australia - Eastern Territory
- The Uniting Church in Australia
Mater Foundation
Mater Misericordiae Ltd
- ATSI Liaison Staff
- Child and Youth Mental Health Service
- Mater Parent Aide Unit
- Mater Research
- Organisational Development - People and Culture
- Young Mothers Partnership Program
Members of the Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network
Mind Gardener
Mobiles Galore
Murri Court
Murri Ministry
Murri School
Murri Watch
- Bowman Johnson Hostel
- Diversionary Centre
Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness (USA)
National Affordable Housing Consortium
National Dental Foundation
Norelle McHugh, Encompass Family and Community
North Queensland PHN
Open Minds
Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) (USA)
Parents as Teachers (USA)
Patrick Herd, Community Business Australia

Peter Hegedus, Soul Vision Films
PIR Lived Experience Advisory Group
Playgroup Queensland
Pure Source Recruitment
QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation for Alcohol and Drug Dependence Services - Jesse Budby Healing Centre
Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Queensland Child Protection Week Committee
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
QPASTT (Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma)
Reclink Australia
Reconciliation Australia
Reconciliation Queensland
Redland City Council
Redland Community Centre
Relationships Australia
Rosanne Haggerty, Community Solutions (USA)
RSPCA Happy Paws Happy Hearts
SAE Institute
Scout Talent
Second Bite
Social Scaffolding
Social Solutions, USA
Southside Toyota
Souths Leagues Club
St Vincent de Paul Housing Services
St Vincent’s Health and Aged Care
St Vincent’s Mission Office
Strategic Grants
StreetSmart Australia
Tenants Queensland (QSTARS)
The Benevolent Society
- Family and Child Connect
- Intensive Family Support Services
The Salvation Army
- Brisbane Recovery Services Centre (Moonyah)
- Professional Standards Office
- Youth Outreach Service
The Services Union
Tom Kirk
Towards Healing Professional Standards Office
True North Psychology
Wandering Cooks
West End Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
Women’s Legal Service
Yoga Therapy Brisbane
Young Parents Program
YFS (Youth and Family Service)
Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre
Zillmere Family Accomodation Service

Donors, supporters and volunteers

Through valued partnerships and strategic collaborations Micah Projects has become a dedicated, evidence-driven, community organisation supporting thousands of people experiencing disadvantage. We especially thank our principal funders, the Queensland and Australian governments and Brisbane City Council, and the businesses, community groups and individuals who support our many services and programs.

Trusts and Foundations

Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Australia
Crommelin Family Foundation
English Family Foundation
Flannery Foundation
Mater Foundation
Mercy Foundation
Morgans Foundation
The Danks Trust
The Ian Potter Foundation
The John Barnes Foundation
The Lady Musgrave Trust
The Pratt Family Foundation


Micah Projects is extremely fortunate to enjoy the support of a community of dedicated volunteers who share our passion for social justice and inclusion and play an important role in our activities to foster and enhance social inclusion within the community. Your efforts are highly valued by the Board, our staff and the individuals and families we support.

Alexandria Patrikios, Alice Jenkins, Andrew Foley, Andrew Macpherson, Angelica Camarao, Anna Polskaja, Annabel Whitton, Annabelle Watt, Anthony James (AJ) Bradley, Aphrodite Nicheles, Ashton Strutz, Bec Tweedy, Ben Sharpley, Brittany Baumann, Bruce Cowling, Candice Brown, Cara Schow, Carmen Bates, Casey Kerr, Cathy Mardon, Celia Sargent, Chelsea Lowrie, Cherry Cornelio, Claire Crothers, David Baker, Dawn Grey, Deb Parmenter, Deb Warren, Denis Cush, Diana Clarke, Gabrielle Chisholm, Glen Jensen, Graham Bond, Ian Collier, Isabella Cunningham, Jay Wijesuriya, Jia Mao, Jamie Medwell, Janet Abel, Jenny Dex, Jenny Power, John Clarke, Jonaelle Lucas, Jordan Ayton, Joy REiken, Joy Shearer, Judy Draper, Julie Walker, Karen Taib, Kate Doolan, Kate Pearson, Katie Baker, Katelyn Melvin, Kathryn O’Connor, Kerri Butler, Kerry Armstrong, Kevin Wong, Kimberley Spragg, Kris Bentley, Kris Ford, Kylie Ambu, Kylie Hoffman, Kylie Rayner, Lachlan McNamara, Lauren Chui, Lauren Green, Lesley Agar, Lesley-Anne Houghton, Lesley Yates, Lexie Hope, Lisa Bamforth, Lisa Hundt, Lucy Lopez, Lucy Miles, Madeleine McCallum, Madonna McGahan, Margaret Bambrick, Margaret Weiss, Margot Moody, Maria O’Neill, Marie McCreesh, Mary Sheehan, Mary Macmahon, Mathew Townsend, Megan Crocombe, Michael Deed, Michael Jessop, Michael Jolley, Michael Whitney, Mieke Kavetsky, Minou Yuille, Monica Roberts, Monique Bond, Nancye Reid, Naomi McSkimming, Naomi Sinclair, Natalie Ephraums, Natasha Kiely, Nathan Campbell, Nazareth Wapau, Niki Keeley, Niura Martinez, Paige Moreland, Pat Vaughan, Patricia King, Pauline Shepherd, Peta Keith, Peta Lederhose, Peter Harney, Peter Sheldon, Phil Lee, Rani, Robert Perrier, Roger Collins-Woolcock, Roger Brands, Rose Stoker, Samuel McNamara, Sarah Denmon, Savannah Szoredi, Shane Crotty, Shane Wood, Shelly Mullins, Steve Ruetens, Steven Nowinski, Taylah Spence, Tegan Rivera, Teresa Smyth, Tess Braat, Timothy An, Tucker Kim, Tyler Bates, Tully Boundy-Collis, Veronica Mona, Veronika Karlsson, Victoria Burley, Wendy Lowe, Zaakirah Girach.

The 2016 Christmas Hamper Appeal was once again strongly supported by the local community. On 23 December and Christmas Eve, 285 volunteers helped to pack and deliver 521 food hampers. A total of $13,359 was raised by the community to purchase hampers and provide emergency housing so that no child or family in Brisbane were on the street or in cars over Christmas.

Since the inception of Micah Projects, it has benefitted from the unwavering support, commitment and generosity of the St Mary’s in Exile independent faith community, and the local West End community.

We thank you for your ongoing support of our mission, our work and the people we support.

Businesses, Schools, Organisations and Individuals

10 x 10 Philanthropy
Abrisca Coffee Roasters
ACT for Kids
All Area Rubbish Removals
All Hallows’ School Brisbane
Ambrose Treacy College Indooroopilly
Amore la Musica
Ananda Beauty Therapy
ANZ Bank West End
ASG Group Brisbane
Australia Studies Centre
Australian Alliance to End Homelessness
Australian Labor Party - Annerley Branch
Avid Reader
BDO Australia
Beau Tangles Hair Salon
BHP Billiton Petroleum Employee Matching Program
Black Tulip Projects
Blue Fin Fishing Club
Bribie Island Boat Charters
Brisbane Boys College Toowong
Brisbane Christian Church
Brisbane City Council
- Transport, Planning and Strategy
- Yeronga Park Pool
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Brisbane Grammar School
Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre
Brisbane State High School
Brisbane Youth Service
Business South Bank
Carol’s Gift Baskets
Celebration of the Female Form
Central Queensland University
Centrelink Stones Corner
Charter Hall
Chris Boyle Consultancy
Chris Harkin
Co.As.It Community Services
Coles Brookside
Colour Chiefs
Commonwealth Bank of Australia West End
Community Business Australia
Community Living Association
Community Plus - West End Community House
Compass Housing
Conrad Gargett
Converge International
Councillor Jonathan Sri
Councillor Shayne Sutton
Councillor Steve Griffiths
Councillor Vicki Howard
CQ Financial Services
Craig Holmes Photography
Creek Road Presbyterian Church
- South Brisbane Campus
CUA (Credit Union Australia)
Cultivate Calm Yoga
Daryl Clifford
Deidre Davies
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Department of Education and Training
Department of Human Services - Health and Wellbeing Committee
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Di Farmer MP
Dr Adele Chynoweth
Dress for Success
Dr Ambica Jha
Dr Angela Maguire
Dr Luke Connelly
Dr Simon Bowler
Fallon Solutions
Food Connect
Friends With Dignity
Gabrielle and Peter Chisholm
Geraghty Accountants
GIVIT and GIVIT Supporters
Goodman Private Wealth Advisers
Graceful Women
Grill’d West End
Gwenneth Roberts
HAL Architects
Healthworks West End
Holy Spirit Care Services
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Woolloongabba
Honourable Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier of Queensland
Hope World Wide (Australia)
Ian Johnston
Impact Academy
Indigenous elders: We thank the following elders for their continued support throughout the year
- Aunty Carol Currie
- Aunty Heather Castledine
- Aunty Kerry Charlton
- Aunty Mabel Hopkins
- Aunty Valda Coolwell
- Songwoman Maroochy Barambah
- Uncle Albert
- Uncle Alex Davidson
- Uncle Des Sandy
- Uncle Sam Watson
Indigo Law
Jamberry Nails
James Varitimos
Jenny Power
Jessica Dean, Legal Aid Queensland
Joining Hands
Junction Park State School
Just 4 Us
Karen Healy
Karen McNamara
Katie Bennett, Embellysh Photography
KBR Giving Programs
Komatsu Mining Corp.
Konica Minolta
Kurbingui Youth Development
Kyabra Community Association

Lady Gowrie
-    Kurilpa Community Child Care Centre
-    Mount Gravatt Kindergarten
Leanne Linard MP
Legal Aid Queensland
Leonie Sanders
Leontine Circle
Life Without Barriers
Link-Up (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation
LMT Surgical
Local Government Association
of Queensland (LGAQ)
Logan Community Group Alliance
Level 13 Co-op
Lorraine Gorman
Marcia’s on Montague
Marshall Burman
Mater Misericordiae Ltd
McGrath Ascot
Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland
Mercy Community Services
-    Family and Child Connect
Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance guests who made donations to cover the cost of supported tickets and those who donated wardrobe and their services
Mountain Goat Beer
Mount Alvernia College Kedron
Mt Maria College Mitchelton
Mudgeeraba Uniting Church Opportunity Shop
Multicultural Development Association
National Council of Single Mothers and their Children
Nia Dance Community of Brisbane
Niki Keeley
Nursery Road Special School
Olive Tree Communication
Oz Harvest
Pamela Burgess
Paul McGuire
Philanthropy Australia
Plus Dry Cleaners
Pondera Physio and Pilates West End
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA)
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
Queensland Law Society
Queensland Medical Orchestra (QMO)
Quota International of Brisbane South
Redsuit Advertising
Relationships Australia - Family Law Partnerships Network
Rio Tinto Brisbane
River City Ballroom
Rock Community Care
RSPCA Queensland
School Stuff
SCOPE Club of Wynnum
Second Bite
Seed Skills
Senator Claire Moore
Share the Dignity
Sisters of Mercy Brisbane
Soho Yoga
Southern Cross Motel and Serviced Apartments
Southside Toyota
Southside Used Whitegoods
SPACC (Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre)
Squared Impact
Start Some Good
St Catherine’s Anglican Community Centenary Suburbs
St Elizabeth’s Primary School Tarragindi
Steve Minnikin MP
St Joachim’s Primary School Holland Park
St John’s Community Transport Service
St Laurence’s College South Brisbane
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Ascot
St Mary’s in Exile Community
Street Swags
StreetSmart Australia
St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland
St Vincent’s Health Australia
St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Brisbane
TAFE Queensland Brisbane
Take the Plunge Café Bundaberg
Teresa Sedgewick
Terri Butler MP
Terry White Chemists
The Benevolent Society
The Coca-Cola Company
The Criterion Tavern
The Edge - State Library of Queensland
The Footpath Library
The Framer
The Gap Farmer’s Market
The Honourable Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia
The Other Green Bagz
The Parenthood
The Paddington Connection
The Wesley Hospital
Toowong Milton Body Repairs
Toyota Fleet Management
Transport and Allied Insurance Services
Trevena Glen Farm
Tynan Partners
Uniting Care Queensland
Universal Linen Hire Service
Ursuline Community
Victims Assist Queensland
Vulcana Women’s Circus
WaW Dance
Wesley Mission - Art from the Margins
West End Uniting Church
Westpac Banking Corporation
Willow House
Working Against Violence Support Services
Yellow Cabs
Zonta Club of Brisbane River
Zonta Club of Brisbane South