Corpus Christi Community Greenvale Redevelopment
The Corpus Christi Community Greenvale redevelopment was unveiled and blessed by Archbishop Comensoli on Wednesday 2 October. The new 90-bed aged care facility is about to become the new home for the resident at Corpus Christi Community. The redevelopment project commenced seven years ago and is a partnership between the Federal Government, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Corpus Christi Community Greenvale.
Bernie Cronin, chair of the Corpus Christi Community Board said, ‘We are celebrating 90 years of service; 45 years of past service, which commenced with Mother Teresa, and for the next 45 years into the future with the new facility.
At the heart of the work at Corpus Christi Community, is the belief that everyone should age being cared for and valued, supported and respected. Founded by Mother Teresa and her congregation, the Missionaries of Charity in 1974, Corpus Christi was established as a community for older men doing it tough. It has been the home to more than 700 men, and has evolved from a hostel staffed by the Society of Jesus, the Sisters of Mercy and volunteers, to a fully accredited and professionally staffed aged-care facility.
The works totaling $23.9 million were funded by an $11.9 million grant
from the Australian Government and $12 million from Villa Maria Catholic
Homes. Included in the redevelopment program was the construction of a 90-bed resident facility, new Administration facilities, Laundry, Kitchen and Dining Hall. In the new facility, each resident has their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom. There are more communal and outdoor areas to encourage residents to participate in the life of the community.
Resident John Tyler thanked people for coming and spoke about his life and the strong connections and relationships he has made living at Corpus Christi Community. He said ‘People here often go above and beyond to help each other.’
Residents, family and friends joined together for an afternoon tea and a tour of the facility and landscaped surrounds. The new facility will provide some great advantages to residents, but the transition from the familiar to the new may present some challenges or adjustments for some residents; there will be altered security arrangements and a larger living environment to navigate. Archbishop Comensoli likened the Community to a large household – because it is in essence, a home.
We wish all the very best to the residents as they commence the move into their new home.