Boomerang returns to Emerton

14/10/2011

Mt Druitt Standard - 10th October 2011

SUPPORT services backed by the Catholic church for the Aboriginal community have returned to Emerton in the form of a newly opened boomerang-shaped headquarters.

Aboriginal Catholic Services had for many years been based at Penrith, but the move back to Emerton puts it in Holy Family Parish.

Team leader Janice Kennedy said the building was in the shape of a boomerang to encourage people to come back.

"I am pleased that we have finally been able to return to Mt Druitt where it started more than 20 years ago,’’ she said.

ACS is a service of CatholicCare Social Services in the Parramatta Diocese.

At a blessing of the building, Bishop Anthony Fisher said the new home had long been a dream of the Aboriginal Catholic community.

"Indigenous people are a very significant group within our diocese,’’ he said.

"While the community is centred in Mt Druitt and Blacktown, they are also spread throughout our diocese, from Rydalmere in the east to Mt Victoria in the west, from Kurrajong in the north to Greendale in the south.

"From next July, we will be celebrating Aboriginal Sunday in a big way in our diocese.’‘

The centre was built with the assistance of substantial grants from the Federal and State Governments. Funding was also provided by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

It will continue to offer its present programs as well as inviting community and government groups to deliver services and programs from the centre.

WHAT IS ACS?

ACS programs and services include domestic violence groups, young mothers groups, youth groups, art groups, depression groups, children’s homework groups, access to mobile health clinics, working with people in prisons, and mentoring early release ex-prisoners and people on probation and parole.


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