History


 

 

Community Living & Respite Services Inc. was established in 1979 through community interest in a specific area – Respite Accommodation for families with children with an intellectual disability.

1979
Committee of Management formed under the name of:
"Echuca & District Association for Residential Care of the Mentally Retarded".
1980
James Alexander House opened. Community Residential Unit, 242 High St, Echuca.
1986
Management of new CRU in Rochester, "Campaspe House".
1987
Change of name to: "Residential Association for Disabled Echuca Region Inc."
1987
Registration under the IDPS Act 1986 as Residential Service.
1991
Minor St., Echuca a Community Residential Unit for 4 adults as a permanent home, opened.
1992
Name changed to: "Accommodation for Disabled Echuca Inc."
1992
Establishment of "Outreach Program" for children and adults with services being offered in Community settings.
1992
Department of Community Services Victoria take over management of all State funded CRU's including James Alexander House, Echuca and Campaspe House, Rochester.
1996
Office established at 188 Annesley St, Echuca.
1997
Establishment of Facility-Based Respite for people with broad range of disabilities.
1997
Name change to: "Community Living & Respite Services Inc."
1997
Respite Facility moved to James Alexander House, 242 High St, Echuca, the original service site established in 1980.
1999
Appointed In Home Accommodation Support (IHAS) provider with Dept. of Human Services
1999
Registered provider for TAC & Workcover.
2000
Registered provider for Post Acute Care and HACC Emergency Response
2000
Establishment of a supported accommodation home in Echuca for 2 adults
2001
Registered provider for Veterans' Home Care
2001
Home Established under Home First Packages for 3 adults in Echuca
2001-2002
Temporary supported accommodation program established in Moama, funded by NSW Department of Aging and Home Care.
2005
Child Protection home established
2005
Waratah House opened – Moama supporting 4 adults
2006
Annual Fundraising Dinner established
2006
Accreditation granted under the Children's & Young Person's Act
2007
Funding provided by FACSIA – Respite for Older Carers Program – Bowen House Established
2009
Alexander House – 242 High Street – Rebuilt by the Department of Human Services
2009
Organisation Restructure – appointment of CEO
2010
CLRS Administration Office moved to 26A Percy Street Echuca
2010
Out of Home Care – Children Youth and Families Act (2005) Accreditation
2010
Club Teen accredited with National Childcare Accreditation Council
2010
Mitchell Place – Opening of Shared Supported Accommodation Home for 5 people
2010
Purchase of Victoria Place Echuca to provide residential supportfor 3 people
2010
Autism Research Project undertaken
2010
Greek Fundraising Luncheon Melbourne Established
2011
Purchase of land in Minor Street Echuca for a future development
2011
Revision of the CLRS Mission and launch of CLRS 6 Core Values
2011
DisabiliTEA – to raise awareness of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
2011
Appointment of Patrons: Mr Noel Maughan and Mr John Kennedy
2012
Innovative Respite Program funded by DHS for Club Teen younger participations and adults
2012
Partnership with Murray Campaspe 'Get Active, Eat Well' Healthy Communities Initiative Project
2013
Official opening of new venue - "Number 4", followed by a community art exhibition
2014
Minor Street Project opened - a residential project assisted by community fundraising - a home & units for adults
2015
Recyclability Volunteer Based Social Enterprise established
2015
CLRS wins the Campaspe Murray Business Awards - Professional Community Category
2016
Capital appeal launched for the Opening Doors Project
2016
Recyclability wins the Shire of Campaspe WICKED award for Recycling
2016
CLRS recognised as a finalist in Volunteering Victoria State Awards - Inclusion Category
2017
Opened the Murray River Tea Rooms in Moama
2017
Winner of the GMCU Allianz Campaspe Murray Business Awards - Professional Services Community Catergory
2017
Opening Doors Project - Eyre Steet Echuca opened
2017
Land purchased in Maiden Street Moama for the next Opening Doors Project


 
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