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A community that is looking to make a difference

Let’s Start From The Beginning

1989

A humble community house opens in Mannington Street Acacia Ridge. Hub for community connection and Home of Acacia Ridge Neighbourhood Watch.

1990

Community house incorporated under the Neighbourhood Centre program – becomes Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc. (ARCSI).

1991-1999

Range of activities and programs increases to include assistance to recent migrants, cooking groups, housing support, food relief, and more.

2000

ARCSI celebrates ten year anniversary!

2005

ARCSI moves to its current location in Hanify Street Acacia Ridge.

2005-2010

Launch of many initiatives that remain to this day, e.g., the Party in the Park festival, the food cooperative, and a range of community development activities.

2010

Current Director, Trish Cattermole assumes leadership role. ARCSI celebrates 20 year anniversary!

2011

A year of crisis. In January, ARCSI becomes a lead coordinator of local flood response efforts in Rocklea and surrounds. Funding to neighbourhood centres slashed by new state government.

2012-2015

A period of rebuilding. ARCSI actively seeks to identify areas of need in the community, and implements a range of new responses. Employment training programs commence in 2015.

2016-2017

Opening of second venue, The Social Space (TSS) in Moorooka. TSS becomes home to “Stitched Up”, a successful tailoring social enterprise. ARCSI launches mental health program and rebrands as belong.

2018-2019

Ongoing growth and activation of TSS. Financial pressures continue to mount for families in Acacia Ridge and surrounds. belong coordinates a successful fundraiser to address this need.

2020

belong celebrates 30 years! But celebrations overshadowed by the year of COVID-19. belong steps up food relief efforts to address escalating financial and social distress caused by pandemic.

2021 Onwards

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