Harrison House

Harrison House

50 Power Street




Provider: Uniting Church of Australia

Year Opened: 1960

Year Closed: 2000


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History of Uniting Care Harrison

1960-1963 Rev. Arthur Harrison Minister and congregation at West Hawthorn Presbyterian Church had become concerned about boys leaving Kilmany House in Gippsland on probation, and trying to find work and accommodation in Melbourne.  Harrison House was established at 50 Power Street, Hawthorn.
1971 A letter from the Senior Probation Officer for Victoria to the Director of Probation outlining the need for a therapeutic approach to probationers rather than simply board & lodging recognises Harrison House as a key model in this area.
1977 The Presbyterian, Methodist & Congregational Church united and became The Uniting Church of Australia
1978 Harrison House Hostel underwent a major refurbishment and the first four paid staff were appointed
1981 1st Service Agreement between Harrison House Youth Hostel and the Department of Community Welfare Services developed
1981 1st Annual Report produced.
1982 Harrison House expanded to include a 9 bed residential unit.  Harrison House now supports 20 youth at any given time.
1985 Courtney Youth Services an innovative community accommodation development for young women, Harrison House acted as auspice underwriter for several years.
1985 Harrison Council changed name of operation from Harrison Youth Hostel to Harrison House Youth Services.
1987 In April a motorcycle repair and playground equipment retail business was commenced with funding provided by the William Buckland Foundation
1987 Harrison House Hostel closed as an institution and opened again in Harrison Street, Mitcham after 23 years in Hawthorn.  The new model of accommodation with volunteer home parents was established.
 1987 Youth Connections, Harrison’s first newsletter commenced.
1988 Conjara Horticulture Project was established by the Anglicans, found H as a Youth training project.
1989 Program renamed Harrison Youth Services.
1989 Blackburn Opportunity shop opened.
1989 Greenock House is opened in December to meet the needs of people with an intellectual disability who were leaving gaol, who have no appropriate accommodation and are in a crisis situation.
1991 Roger Gough appointed Director in January
1991 Conjara Horticulture Project relocated to Wantirna
1992 Harrison head office moved to new premises at The Wantirna South Uniting Church at 111 Mountain Highway, Wantirna
1993 $200 000 bequest received from the Commission for Mission to assist with the purchase of the Mountain Highway site.
1993 Second Op Shop opened in Vermont
1994 Harrison was renamed Harrison Community Services as it now served families as well as youth.
1997 The Board of Governance was established in response to church policy changes.  DHS moved to a model of Compulsory Competitive Tendering.
2000 The Mountain Highway site was sold and Harrison Community Services was relocated to Knox Towerpoint.
2000 In October a new constitution was signed and Harrison became a part of UnitingCare Victoria.
2003-2004 Harrison was the only Uniting Church agency to successfully tender for the Job Placement, Employment and Training tender.
2004 Roger Gough was runner -up in the Equity Trustees National CEO Innovation of the Year award for the Uniting Families Program.
2004-2005 Harrison gained accreditation as a welfare service provider from the Quality Improvement Council of Australia
2006 Harrison assumed governance of all metropolitan independent living units.
2006 Harrisons Disability Art program commenced and has developed into the Gifford Arts program an all-inclusive community art program facilitated by professional artist Artur Lyczba
2008 Harrison Community Services changes its name to UnitingCare Harrison.
2010 Stephanie Webber becomes CEO and Roger Gough is appointed Executive Director Mission and Strategic Planning.
2010 11 the building stage of Gifford Village begins.
2012 The five units at Berry Homes in Wandin are completed
2013 Gifford Village is due for completion.  Roger Gough retires after 20 years of dedicated service.

Directors/ CEO of Harrison

1962 Rev Arthur Harrison
1980 Peter Linossier (Director)
1985 Charles Liggett (Director)
1987 Rev George Crombie (Director)
1991 Roger Gough (Director) (CEO)
2010 Stephanie Webber (CEO)

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