HOPE has a long and interesting history. Established in the 1800s in England, our original mission was to encourage working class children to take a pledge of total abstinence and to learn “the evils of drink”. In 1902 a branch was established in Perth called “The City Band of Hope and Temperance League”.
This organisation eventually became the WA Temperance Alliance, and its activities expanded as it addressed the prevention issues of the day, such as whether liquor should be served on planes, whether to outlaw drinking competitions at universities, and whether the drinking age should be lowered. As times changed, and the way in which the problems associated with alcohol and other drugs changed, we also changed.
In 1993, the organisation became DrugARM WA and it provided a part time counselling service, a small residential rehabilitation program in Geraldton, residential support for young people on bail in Perth, an Opportunity Shop in Armadale and a street van youth outreach program. The organisation grew to incorporate the Goldfields Community Alcohol and Drug Service in Kalgoorlie and Esperance, headspace Kalgoorlie and additional bail services in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and South Hedland.
With this growth, the organisation began reviewing its vision statement and values, and a new word found its way into our vision statement. It was a new word, yet it was an old word. It was a word that the organisation started with nearly one hundred and twenty years ago when the “The City Band of Hope and Temperance League” was set up. It was the word HOPE, and the organisation changed its name to Hope Community Services Inc in 2013. In 2016 HOPE became a company limited by guarantee and now has the capacity to operate interstate.
Today our by-line is “Nurturing Hope and Opportunity” and reflects the focus we have for the people we serve. The organisation has continued to grow from an organisation with only one full time employee thirty years ago, to an organisation that now has over one hundred staff. We have services in Broome, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Leonora, Geraldton, Karratha, Port Hedland, Kununurra and Leonora.
For over a century, Hope Community Services has been providing much needed support to people affected by alcohol and other drugs, poor mental health, and socioeconomic disadvantage in Western Australia.
HOPE’s dedicated staff and volunteers are fully engaged in the local communities where they live, and work with individuals, families, and communities to deliver services that best meet their needs.