Our History

Serving Sydney families since 1882.


George Edward Adrill founded Home of Hope

Founder George Ardill, a printer and preacher, opens a Women’s Refuge in Sussex St Sydney known as the Home of Hope


Sydney Rescue Work Society was formed

The Sydney Rescue Society (The Society) was formed to continue the work of George Ardill, led by the Chief Justice of NSW, Sir Fredrick Darley.


The Society expands its services

The Society was by now managing a number of agencies serving the community such as the South Sydney Women’s Hospital, the Jubilee Home for working and unemployed women, the Adoption Agency and Roslyn Hall Babies Home (Rockdale).


Advocating for the needy

The services of the Society had extended to a District Nursing Service, several mission halls and George Ardill himself was active in social advocacy for the needy and outcast.


Ardill awarded M.B.E.

George Ardill was awarded an MBE for services to the community.


George Ardill retires

George Ardill retires at the age of 86 having served as a Director for a period of 61 years and is succeeded by Rev Dr Harold Whitmore Dart, a Baptist minister.


George Ardill passes away


Dr Dart retires

Dr Dart concludes his service and was subsequently awarded an OBE for service to the community.


Support services continue to grow

The Society had by now extended its services to include Lidcombe State Hospital Mission, the provision of food and clothing for homeless and destitute men and women, support for single and unmarried pregnant girls and a hostel for business girls.


A new direction

A pilot project was commenced in the field of day care for children and the Society sought to find a new direction in its activities.


The birth of Communicare

By this year the Society had established a network of child care services and had reinvented itself as a specialist in this area of community need. Toward the end of this period leading up to the year 2000 the Society had changed its name to Communicare.


Communicare becomes lntegricare

Communicare changed its name to Integricare, having established itself in the early learning sector and providing services in family day care, supported playgroups and family support services.


Present day

With over 200 employees and 11 early learning centres, Integricare also offers caring support services to families in need.

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