In the Fold – Holy Cross Laundry

When a small laundry was opened in Wooloowin 130 years ago, its founders probably never imagined that it would grow into the innovative, vibrant and inclusive workplace it is today.

Holy Cross Laundry, located in Banyo, is the longest serving commercial laundry operating in Australia.

Founded in 1889 by the Sisters of Mercy, Holy Cross’ mission is to support the disadvantaged by providing integrated and inclusive employment opportunities.

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Holy Cross employs more than 340 people and processes more than 6,000 tonnes of linen each year at their facility on Brisbane’s northside.

The team provides fresh linen for 700,000 hospital patients, 3,000 senior living residents and surgical scrubs to more than 15,000 healthcare workers each year.

Holy Cross currently employs 43 people with a disability, who receive on-the-job training and support tailored to their individual goals.

The skills learned in the workplace have a profound impact on the lives of the employees, building their social skills, confidence and promoting independent living.

Holy Cross strives to be an employer of choice, and CEO Troy McDowell is proud of the hard-working team.

“The fantastic thing about Holy Cross is that we offer all our staff a truly integrated workplace, where people of all abilities work together. I’m incredibly proud of our diverse and inclusive culture, where we celebrate our differences – supporting the disadvantaged and providing inclusive employment opportunities to people with various needs and abilities, from vast cultural backgrounds and beliefs.”

Holy Cross Laundry | 31 Guardhouse Road, Banyo | Ph 3637 9299 |