A world without poverty. An agency of excellence.

A church making a difference.


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the official humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.



ADRA Australia works as part of the global ADRA network. Through this network, our reach extends into more than 120 countries. We exist to restore relationships so that people thrive in a world not only created but also living in God’s image. We work to inspire and collaborate with others to responsibly facilitate transformational development and relief projects overseas and in Australia.

Rebecca Auriant



About ADRA

We believe that the world was created in perfect beauty and that life was designed to be lived ‘to the full’.

We believe that amazing things happen when people work together in truth and love to build a better future that they may never personally benefit from.

We believe every person on this earth was created in the image of God to do amazing things. By working together with the church across the globe, we help people to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to take collaborative, creative action for a better world. We journey with others in submission to Christ to restore life, beauty and goodness so that we may bring glory to God.

Victorian Projects

The Women and Families project

Location: Mebourne Metro

The Women and Families project provides support to women and men who are experiencing hardship through a partnership with Women’s Housing Victoria Ltd. Our support consists of 13 care packs every month to 13 properties for women escaping family violence and social inclusion activities (community gardening, healthy cooking on a budget, mentoring, homework and kids clubs) at the other 200 community housing properties across Victoria.

Settle Assist

Location: Dandenong

ADRA’s Settle Assist project in partnership with Afri-Aus Care Inc. provides integrated social and mental health support services to migrant youth at risk and their families within the African and other CALD background communities in the City of Greater Dandenong and the South East Melbourne region. Through our services and programs we promote social inclusion, crime prevention, community development and youth resilience. Together our partnership provides the following programs:

  • Mentoring through basketball (Black Rhinos), healthy cooking on a budget, conversational English, alternative education pathways, community gardening and culturally specific family support.
  • Advocacy through the court network and prison visits
  • Pathways to training and employment through ADRA Café’s.

We are always looking for more willing volunteers to get involved, forming friendships and making a difference.

Vive Café

Location: Croydon

Vive Café is more than your traditional soup kitchen.  Every Thursday, volunteers serve a nutritious three-course meal to support families and individuals experiencing hardship in the City of Maroondah.  It has grown from serving 30 meals each week to now over 100 meals. Our key objective is to continue to provide ongoing love and support to those in our community who are struggling financially, who are homeless, lonely, depressed and disengaged from society.  The home-cooked healthy dinner we provide is a means of building community spirit and to provide a warm, safe place for people to gather together, to eat and share together – without prejudice or judgement.

Redwood Community Centre 

Location: Warburton

The Redwood Community Centre aims to provide support to families and individuals experiencing hardship in the upper Yarra Valley community of Warburton and surrounds. The Centre provides programs to teach young people inter-personal and life skills. Our mission is to identify and address the social and emotional needs of our community through sustainable service provision and programs. The Centre directly liaises with other local agencies and programs to ensure a comprehensive and collaborative approach to services.

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ADRA’s Homeless Outreach

Every Friday night at the Queen Vic Markets in the City of Melbourne, people who are in need are supported. ADRA through Casey and Glen Huntly Adventist churches, Grace Connections (Samoan Adventist Churches), Clean as Casper (mobile showers), Orange Sky (mobile laundering) and Anonymous X (material aid), all work together to provide food, friendship and support services.

ADRA Connection Trips

Location: South Pacific, Asia & Africa

ADRA Connections is a life-changing opportunity for volunteers to travel to ADRA’s projects around the globe, to experience first-hand the vitally important development work that ADRA does.

Volunteers have a chance to get involved in a variety of ADRA’s projects, from training, monitoring photographic and story writing, to renovations, repairs, playground refurbishment or building, to farming, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene education, or micro-business skill support, to working with communities in disaster zones teaching them how to be prepared in a disaster or helping to rebuild after a disaster – there are a huge range of ways you can be involved in the work of ADRA!

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Emergency Relief

ADRA’s Emergency Relief programs are run by volunteers from the local Adventist church and the community. They work in partnership with the council’s emergency relief network to provide timely food provisions for families and individuals in crisis. This service caters for food intolerances, cultural preferences, access difficulties and specific needs with some flexibility to suit all client’s circumstances.

Community Meals

Location: Queen Victoria Market

Manager: Beata Stednik



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Location: Longwarry Adventist

Manager: Clint Lee



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Food Pantry

Location: Plenty Valley Adventist

Manager: Nancy Piez



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Food Pantry

Location: Northpoint Adventist

Manager: Loren Pratt



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Community Meals

Location: Geelong Adventist Church (Share Kitchen)

Manager: Mary Merritt



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Food Pantry

Location: Ferntree Gully Adventist

Manager: Sue Beament



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Food Pantry

Location: Rowville- Lysterfield Adventist

Manager: Lourdes Meunier



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Men’s Toiletries

Location: Bendigo Adventist

Manager: Noemi Cummings



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Community Meals

Location: Cranbourne

Manager: Beata Stednik



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Food Pantry

Location: Pakenham Adventist

Manager: Anna Schlegel




Op Shops

The ADRA Op Shops serve the community and the environment with the sale of pre- loved goods which in turn assist the less fortunate in our community.  The sale of goods are able to assist ADRA programs which support food relief, settlement for newly arrived migrants and women escaping family violence. As a team of volunteers we are able to work in partnership with the community and are proud to be involved and contributing to people in need.


Location: 37 Enterprise Way,
Mitcham Vic 3132

Manager: Marina Wirenski


Longwarry Op Shop

Location: 16 Princes Ave, Longwarry Vic 3816

Manager: Margo Mitchell


Boronia Op Shop

Location: 145 Boronia Road,
Boronia Vic 3155

Manager: Christine Price


Bairnsdale Op Shop

Location: 455 Princess Hwy, Lucknow VIC 3875

Manager: Merliyn Beveridge


Our Values

Ingenuity – we find creative solutions for complex problems.

Resourcefulness – we leverage resources to get the job done.

Responsibility – we always give our best in service.

Integrity – we don’t compromise on our values.

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