Work has started on St Vincent de Paul Society's new home in Canning Vale to help the organisation meet the growing demand for its services.
Community Services Minister Tony Simpson, who turned the first sod of soil this morning, said the $15 million facility would see the organisation's head office, distribution centre and warehouse housed in one location.
A Lotterywest grant of $5.7 million has helped make the project possible.
"A central facility provides the society with an opportunity to build upon and promote its profile and increase its service capacity to help some of Western Australia's most vulnerable people," Mr Simpson said.
"It will provide a conducive work environment for more than 60 staff and 180 volunteers and a base for the delivery of vital services including the emergency relief call centre, specialist youth and financial counselling services and corporate support functions.
"I am pleased $5.7 million in Lotterywest funding was granted to help with construction of these premises.
"I extend my thanks and congratulations to the St Vincent de Paul Society for their great work in the community and for taking on this important building project to ensure their service is able to continue to respond to the growing need."
The society will retain its existing facilities and clinical staff at the Vincentcare accommodation and support services and Tom Fisher House, which provides accommodation and support for individuals with severe and enduring mental illness.
Established in WA in 1865, the St Vincent de Paul Society is widely known and highly respected as one of the largest providers of community services in the State and a leader in social policy reform.
Since 1989, the society has received 77 Lotterywest grants totalling $16.6 million.
WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support community sector organisations
Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA community
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