Centacare Ballarat will be renamed as part of a merger with Catholic support agencies from across the state.
To be known as CatholicCare Victoria, the new organisation will also fold in CatholicCare Melbourne, Sandhurst, and Gippsland from January 1.
Centacare Ballarat's chair, Maureen Waddington, said there will be no change to service delivery - the agency currently provides social housing support, drug and alcohol counselling, victim assistance programs, and employment services, among others.
The organisation began in 1977 as Ballarat Diocesan Family Services Inc, with the name changed to Centacare in 1997.
Ms Waddington said she was excited by the opportunities to collaborate with other agencies.
"In our engagements with people, we help them build choice and opportunity for themselves - because we can now tap into resources across Victoria and different skillsets across a variety of agencies, it enables us to further contribute to that," she said.
"The other component of that is as a bigger group, we're more able to access funding for services as well, so that enhances our opportunity to provide services for local communities, and also the broader Victorian community."
She added the change had been planned for some time, unrelated to the pandemic.
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"I think the agencies have always recognised they could maximise resources if they came together - it was very much left to the agencies to explore how this might work and what the benefits might be for coming together," she said.
"People are suffering in crisis, in poverty, in loneliness, in hunger, this will enhance our opportunity to support those people and bring them fully into the community, instead of being on the fringes."
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