Wesley Disability Accommodation started in the early 1980s. Pinnaroo was a hostel run by Wesley Mission—some referred to it as Wesley Residential Services. It was a 40 bed facility with 38 clients in residence located in Lindsay Street, Burwood. In the early 1980s, in line with de-institutionalisation, it was decided that the residents should be slowly transitioned into the community. Wesley requested funding from government departments throughout the process and Pinnaroo was closed after the last clients left. Some residents required supported accommodation services and moved into Wesley Mission operated homes referred to at the time as ‘shop houses’.
Wesley Mission has been working with people with disabilities for more than 40 years. Throughout this time we have piloted a number of new support programs and demonstrated an ability to stay up to date with demands and developments in the field.
As services for people with disabilities have become more sophisticated, Wesley Mission has tailored services accordingly. We are able to draw on a number of networks and resources that we have built up over the years to offer people with a disability and their families’ high quality care.