C Care’s VISION:

to break down barriers which prevent isolated individuals from becoming a part of the community, and to see a cohesive, united community, in which no individual is forgotten.

C Care’s MISSION:

to reach out to people experiencing personal difficulties – physical disability, language barriers, mental illness, financial hardship, old age, or lack of familial support.

OUR GOAL IS:

  • To give people back their humanity and break the cycle of poverty
  • To break down social barriers, combat isolation, and give people access to companionship, devotion, and care
  • To coach volunteers to provide emotional and physical support and guidance to lonely, distressed, or struggling people
  • To bolster a spirit of volunteering and goodwill in the community, and bring purpose into the life of many through the art of giving.

The Team

SHLOMO NATHANSON

SHLOMO NATHANSON

CEO

Shlomo has over 15 years of experience in community services. He has been involved in establishing communities and assisting in existing communities throughout America, Russia, Romania, and Australia. He has an intimate awareness of the diverse needs of the C Care community members.

As Rabbi in the Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Docklands areas, he has developed meaningful relationships with the different sectors of the community. He is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

His personal encounters with social alienation, fragmentation within the community, and hunger during his work servicing the Melbourne community, have given him a drive and determination to blur the lines of division and create change.

RIVKI NATHANSON

RIVKI NATHANSON

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

From a young age Rivki has been committed to giving to the community in any way that she can.

Gratitude, appreciation and consideration for those less fortunate were values instilled in her by her parents.

Civic responsibility was strongly encouraged, and during her years in high-school and upon graduating, she volunteered in numerous organisations.  Her volunteering roles included tutoring disadvantaged children, providing respite to single mothers, visiting the elderly and isolated, participating in activities with special needs children, and raising money for charities.

Rivki married Shlomo in 2008, and together they decided to be actively involved in community work. Together they established C Care to combat social isolation and disadvantage in the Jewish community.

Rivki is also completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Australian Catholic University.

LORI CHAIT

LORI CHAIT

Program Manager

Lori initially qualified as a Physiotherapist, then changed career direction to requalify in Business Consulting. She worked in Management Consulting and Human Resources for 10 years in London and Johannesburg.

Over the past 20 years, Lori has worked in the not for profit sector – originally as a volunteer across several different charitable organisations in South Africa, and subsquently as an employee in London and now in Australia.

Arriving from South Africa in 2016, Lori saw this role at C Care as full of possibilities – to utilise her skills, integrate into the community and give back to others.

Lori’s true passion lies in making a difference for people in need.

AVI AZOULAY

AVI AZOULAY

Chef

Avi is a born and bred Melburnian. A qualified mechanic, he chose to follow his lifelong passion of food and making people happy through food in 2012.

Qualifying as a chef at the William Angliss, Avi has worked for a number of top Melbourne restaurants.

He joined C Care as a volunteer and was soon invited to become part of the team. Avi thrives on the challenge of creating new menus each week, within the resource and time constraints.

Avi is a passionate professional who produces top notch meals, weekly for our recipients, with the help of our amazing volunteers.

JARROD LICHTBLAU

JARROD LICHTBLAU

Team Leader

Jarrod has been a practicing lawyer for over 5 years, working in the field of intellectual property. Prior to working in the law, Jarrod worked in hospitality, with many years of experience managing a catering company. C-Care combines this past experience and his passion outside of the law, helping those less fortunate than him.
He started volunteering with C Care a number of years ago and thrives on the pressures and responsibilities involved in co-ordinating the Sunday Cook-Offs. Most fulfilling is the knowledge that he is helping to combat social isolation and make a real difference to peoples lives. An added bonus is the camaraderie found in the C Care kitchen.
C Care has become even more special to Jarrod, having met his wife, Kerry, in the C Care kitchen. As a result, they both thought it fitting to have close friend, Rabbi and CEO of C Care, Shlomo Nathanson, officiate their wedding.

Our History

C Care started in 2011, with a realisation of the number of lonely, isolated Jewish people in Melbourne. It began with cooked meals and visits once a month, and has grown to preparing meals and visits to individuals twice weekly, through the year.

In the interim, surveys have been conducted on lifestyles within Melbourne, and it has been identified 16.5% of Jewish people in Melbourne live at our below the poverty line, struggling to make ends meet (‘just getting along’ ‘nearly poor’ or ‘poor’.

C Care is a volunteer-driven organization which seeks to improve the lives of individuals who are “doing it tough”, generally living in isolation and give them back their humanity.

The challenges individuals and families face, may cause isolation from the wider community. Simple daily tasks can become insurmountable, and company, socialisation, and friendship is simply not accessible. C Care is here to help people integrate into the community and live independent, healthy, social, and rewarding lives.