ABOUT US

Ebenezer is the social services arm of the Balga Aboriginal Church. We've been providing services to the community  for over fifty years. Ebenezer staff are predominantly Indigenous and provide culturally specific services for Indigenous youth, and also the wider community

Our administration is located Penrith Place in Balga and our hostels for homeless youth are located in Girrawheen, Marangaroo and Nollamara

Ebenezer VTEC is an employment and support agency for Indigenous men and women from the community and with funding from Minderoo Foundation specifically supports Indigenous men in Acacia prison to prepare for employment on release and assist them and their employers to ongoing success

We are guided by: Faith Hope and Love

We value:

Respect, Relationships, Families, Community, Professionalism, Integrity, Openness, and Our Land & Environment 

THE TEAM

Meet The Team

Martin Smith

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Chief Executive Officer

Neil Williams

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Business Manager

John Thain

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Manager - Employment

An extensive Team dedicated to the community:

Board of Directors

Keith Truscott - Chair

Dennis Taylor

Maxine Farmer

Leon Hayward

Raelene Hayward

Hannah Nancarrow

 

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Smith

 

Business Manager

Neil Williams

 

Admin / Payroll

Karen Smith

Maintenance 

Athol Farmer

Social Work Student

Benaddate 

Youth Workers

David Michie - Manager

Denise Birch

Sunjoo Cho

Sonya Dawson

Jeanette Kelly

Joanne Humphries

Esther Kim

Employment Workers

John Thain - Manager

Steve Hayward 

Family Counsellors

Alicia Reed

Doug Nelson

Jade Maitland

Pauline Makonese

Pauline Mann

Rachelle Matthees

Sharon Wilkes

 

HISTORY

The work of Ebenezer began in 1968 when the much-loved Mrs Hazel Hays began to provide accommodation and support for homeless Indigenous youth in her Balcatta home. 

In 1984, the ageing Mrs Hayes was approached by Pastor Denzil Humphries from the Balga Aboriginal Church with a desire to assist homeless young people. Following discussions, a couple from the church began to live in the house and help to revive the work using funds from their own pension payments. 

Later, the State Government began to provide some continued financial assistance for the work of Ebenezer Home.  Despite initial strong resistance from the local community, the Department of Housing made houses available in Girrawheen in 1989, and Marangaroo in 1991. The service now provides 5 crisis and 5 transitional beds for females and 3 transitional beds for males. And our neighbours are now supportive of the work. 

In keeping with the original vision, Ebenezer Aboriginal Corporation continues to provide accommodation and support for needy young people whose needs are addressed on an individual bases within the context of extended family and community. 

In 2018 our services expanded to include In-home support to Aboriginal families through the Wungening Moort (families healing) and T120 program and also preparing and supporting incarcerated Aboriginal men via our Vocational Training Employment Program

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