About Cana

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Cana Communities Incorporated

Cana Communities began as De Porres House in 1975 and has continued under the name Cana Communities Inc since 1995. Working in inner-Sydney, the organisation has set up a number of overnight shelters and homes. Since 2011, Cana has operated a Farm at Orchard Hills in the western suburbs of Sydney. At Cana Farm, people have the opportunity to learn and work in a supportive, caring environment.

The organisation is mostly run by volunteers, and is solely reliant on donations from the community. Cana Communities receives no government funding, and is grateful for your support.

Who does Cana support?

Our primary purpose is to provide relief from poverty, suffering, destitution and helplessness for people struggling with mental illness, addiction, homelessness, loneliness and other factors that alienate them from society. Central to the life of the Community are those who are most in need and who, through being rejected, powerless or violent, have the least options. These people are our primary focus.


Cana Communities celebrates people.

  • We create a community with all the love, chaos, and frustration of a family, in which people can feel listened to and valued.
  • We provide shelters and homes and a sense of belonging for people in need.
  • We have volunteers who visit men and women in jail.
  • Cana supports those who live on the margins, many who have spent years on the streets and in institutions.