The St Vincent De Paul Society NSW's new State Office must be a place where people can find Jesus, said Sydney's Auxillary Bishop Terry Brady.
"They have to see the compassion, the love, the hospitality, the warmth, that welcome," he told The Catholic Weekly during the blessing and commissioning of the premises.
The new State Office stands in stark contrast of the previous small and often dark space: despite being spread over four floors of considerable size, most staff work no further than five metres from the natural light and views provided by the building's external glass facade.
This use of space was among the innovative feat ures brought to the project by Paynter Dixon, which was contracted in early 2007 to design and build a budget, environmentally-friendly and open-plan building to meet the needs of the Society NSW for the next 50 years and beyond, in its support of its members, volunteers and the community.
The Society's NSW President Barbara Ryan said the new building represented a significant point in a journey of change travelled by Vinnies in the last six years.
"What is most important is what this building is about and the role the people who come here to work play in the mission of the Society ... and serving and supporting our members in their work," she said.
New Vinnies offices to ‘show face of Jesus' (The Catholic Weekly)
Image from news report in The Catholic Weekly, by Peter Gresser