SMRC took out the Employment category in the 2018 Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Business Awards recently.
We employ over 150 staff and 200 volunteers to assist the hundreds of refugees and migrants who are helped into education, training and work each week.
It’s also a skilled office with most staff speaking over two languages, collectively more than 50. ‘Many are former clients who are now giving back’, says client services director Caroline Radowski.
One of its innovations is to help staff achieve their nominated dreams for the organisation. So far 82% of dreams have been fulfilled, Ms Radowski says, including projects such as new social enterprise initiatives and staff development programs like its Wisdom & Wellness Program, where staff are also treated to talks on sleep management, healthy eating, tai chi as well as superannuation and human rights.
The staff are clearly motivated, helping more than 7000 clients during over 100,000 contact hours of settlement services.
For the past 25 years, the SMRC has helped new arrivals integrate and contribute to the community in Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinai Shire and surrounds.
Chairman Brian Oates said Dandenong was often the first word that new arrivals knew as they had relatives living there. ‘We have a very multicultural workforce told the awards audience. ‘That’s the business we are in. Though if you’re in Dandenong and your’re not working in a multicultural business you’re probably missing out’.