Since its inception in 1944, BaptistCare has grown into one of the largest providers of aged care and social support services in NSW and the ACT. Our history is marked by authentic loving service and care that empowers individuals to live well, because we believe a life lived caring is a life worth living.
Originally known as the NSW Baptist Homes Trust, our organisation was founded by a group of visionary men and women who wanted to express the love of Christ in practical ways to those in need. Since then, we have worked ceaselessly to see this purpose transform the lives of our clients.
During 1953, our first aged care home, Yallambi, was opened in Carlingford. Over the next two decades the NSW Baptist Homes Trust experienced significant growth with the opening of new facilities and services in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Parkes and the Central Coast. This growth continued in the 1980s, with a strong focus on aged care as well as family and community services such as counselling.
In 1986, to capture our organisation's expanding range of services, we changed our name from the NSW Baptist Homes Trust to Baptist Community Services (BCS). From the late 90s and the first decade of the 21st century, BCS moved through a period of rapid growth, with our organisation’s staff numbers tripling, along with a huge expansion in services and operating budget.
Now, in 2019 BaptistCare celebrates 75 years of service. We are thankful to God for the journey so far, and excited as we shape our future as we do everything we do 'Because we care' - and that's what brings our purpose to life.
For more details on our story, you can read the publication called, Striving for Excellence by G.B. Ball and J.W. Mallice.