The word Estia means hearth or warmth.

The Estia Foundation is a Christian organisation - an initiative of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Our President and Patron is His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia.

The Estia Foundation's CEO is Father Angelo Alifierakis, who is responsible for all of Estia's operations and services. The Estia Foundation is a non-profit organisation that relies on donations and State Government funding to provide its valuable services to the community.

Staff and volunteers of Estia are dedicated to helping young adults who have an intellectual and/or physical disability to help them reach their full potential, to integrate and be a valued member of society and participate in everyday activities that they would otherwise not be able to do. These young adults are people of many talents - many abilities, and are not to be underestimated. We at Estia are proud to be involved in the awakening and nurturing of these talents.


'To promote the needs, rights, interests and welfare of people with disabilities and their families or care givers and provide opportunities for individual development and independence.'
  • To help prevent or significantly delay the need for long-term accommodation away from the family home or from current carers for those individuals referred to Estia's services
  • To provide support and opportunities for the families and carers to reduce the stress that they may be under as aged persons, in struggling to continue to provide full-time care for one or more individuals with disabilities
  • To enable families and carers to take time away from caring and to better plan their lives
  • To promote the concept of 'integration' of persons with disabilities to allow the individual with a disability to more fully participate in the life of the community
  • To provide for quality support to be supplied in circumstances where the absence of such support could result in some risk to the health or well-being of the individual with a disability being cared for and/or their families or carers.
  • To enable the provision of a service that is accepted by, and respects the cultural and linguistic background of the individual, their family and carers.


The Estia Foundation of Australia was officially established on November 29 1994, under the guidance and blessing of his Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia.

Estia was originally a continuation of a weekend day-program organised by parents who had a child with an intellectual and physical disability. After much research and in consultation with parents and carers of those with intellectual and physical disabilities, the consensus was that a centre-based respite facility was needed ... and Estia was established.

The objective of respite is to provide a safehaven where the carers of people with disabilities are able to leave their child for a few days overnight in a 'home away from home' environment.

With the assistance of State Government funding and the generosity of the Greek-Australian community, Estia's first centre-based respite, St Andrews House in Gladesville, opened its doors on April 17, 1997.

Due to the great demand for centre-based respite services and after much lobbying, Estia was granted another round of State Government funding. This along with the generosity from our community enabled Elpida House in Roselands to open on October 22, 2000.

In 2004, a substantial contribution made by a family in Sydney made possible the establishment of Estia's first supported group home facility in North Ryde. The home was named Lixouri House, after the village of Lixouri which is located on the island of Kefalonia in Greece. Lixouri House is now the permanent residence of four adults with intellectual disabilities.

Donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Please help us continue our work.

Donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Please help us continue our work.


PO Box 17
Gladesville NSW 1675

(02) 9879 8000