In 1999, a pastoral and community worker, Anne McPherson, saw the need in Mt Druitt and began volunteering her time there- getting to know the community and exploring ministry options. Anne’s explorations in Mt Druitt encouraged the Parramatta Nepean Presbytery to respond to the call to devote greater energy and resources to working with a vulnerable community that has often been largely marginalised by broader society.
The Presbytery was able to secure funding from the Synod Mission Resource Fund (SMRF) and the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT in order to build on the good work already being done and create a permanent community centre in the heart of Bidwill. The ministry has since then also received support for some of its programs from a range of other organisations and funding programs.
Sadly, Anne McPherson passed away around the time that she had planned to retire, leaving an amazing legacy to be continued. Before she died, she recruited a new face to carry on the work, and Rev John Dacey has been here ever since- about 11 years now. John manages the centre, providing a range of supports and services with his team.