From the initial little school back in 1953, the first of its kind in the Illawarra, to the multifaceted organisation we have today, every program and service has been developed with one goal in mind – enriching the lives of people with disability by giving them choice.
The founding families of Greenacres started the long fight for inclusion by insisting that their children with an intellectual disability had the right to an education like every other child. Those same families worked together to create one of the first employment facilities in the region for people with disability.
Today we continue to imagine the possibilities and strive for creativity and innovation across our sites and centres, programs and supports. Our sites and services may have grown but the one thing that hasn’t changed since 1953 is that we want the very best for every person who walks through our doors. Almost 70 years later, we are still the Greenacres family and Greenacres remains one of the leading disability service providers in the region, providing services and programs throughout the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven. Every week we support over 600 people to live the life they imagine. Greenacres continues to be a loud voice and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities including the right to work and live an inclusive life.
If you ask people what they love most about Greenacres they will tell you that it is the fun and friendship and especially coming together for great events throughout the year like our annual Picnic Day, our awesome BBQs and the festive Christmas party at the Fraternity Club. They also love giving back to the community through some of our great volunteering opportunities. We wouldn’t be the organisation we are today without our wonderful staff who really do love working for Greenacres. They are dedicated, resilient and adaptable and go above and beyond to develop skills, increase self-esteem, create memories and make dreams come true for our participants.
It’s also our generous donors and key stakeholders who over the years have contributed so much to enable many wonderful opportunities, all the while leaving behind an incredible legacy that continues to make a difference in the lives of Greenacres participants – together we are the Greenacres Difference!