Community Support Institutions
Antiochian Community Support Association (ACSA)
Senior Citizen Group
» Arabic speaking seniors
» Social interaction
» Guest Speakers
32 34 Plunkett Rd
Meets every second Friday 10.00 – 12.00 pm
Margaret Kharoufeh 03 9792 2066
In late 2002, some members of Saint Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Dandenong started meeting together to establish a body which would provide a range of community services for Arabic speaking people in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. This body, known as the Antiochian Community Support Association (ACSA), gained incorporation on 11 September 2003. Since that time it has applied for and managed funds received from governments and private bodies to offer services on a non-sectarian and non-political basis.
ACSA's mission is to serve Arabic-speaking families and individuals (children, youth, women, men, elderly, and disabled people) living in the south-eastern region of Melbourne.
ACSA seeks funds to offer a range of services such as language and educational classes, information sessions, employment assistance and skills, counselling services, health services, and for sporting, recreational and cultural activities.
In offering these programs and services, ACSA respects the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of Arabic-speaking people, and encourages their full participation in Australian society.
In its short history, ACSA has shown itself willing to offer guidance and assistance to any organisation who may request it. To date, these have included the Antiochian Orthodox churches of Saint George Melbourne, and Saint Elias in Adelaide.
Activities and services are publicised among the Arabic speaking community in the south-eastern region.
ACSA has already been successful in obtaining funding grants as outlined below:
ACSA Projects Index (June 2005)
Project Funding Source Award Date Finish Date
|AP-001 Parenting Groups 1 & 2
|| 2003 Jun
|AP-002 ACSA Administration Costs
|AP-003 Parenting Groups 3 & 4
|AP-004 Women & Youth
|AP-005 Migrant and Refugee Women
|AP-006 Multicultural Senior Citizens
|AP-007 Orthodox Youth Conference
|| 2004 Jun
|AP-008 Women's Health
|AP-009 ABCD Parenting Groups
|AP-010 Transport and Hall Hire
|AP-011 Small Equipment Grant
||Dept of FCS
|AP-012 ACSA Building Grant