- Location: Nightcliff, NT
- Category: Young People
Milner Primary School
Nightcliff NT 810
The Exodus Foundation is a registered charity that combats disadvantage in its many forms – by providing food, educational, and social health and wellbeing services without discrimination to those who need it most.
Exodus operates as a subcommittee Ashfield Uniting Church Parish Mission in Ashfield, in Sydney’s Inner West and works to provide real assistance to poor and needy Australians.
Our story began in 1986, when Reverend Bill Crews was ordained as minister of the Ashfield Uniting Church Parish Mission. Seeing a desperate need for a support service for homeless and at-risk people in the Inner-West of Sydney, Bill opened the doors to the Church to offer shelter and what food was available.
This year also saw our first ever Christmas event, which took the form of a simple Christmas dinner for a handful of disadvantaged teenagers.
In 1989 the Exodus Foundation was founded by Bill and team of dedicated volunteers as a place where homeless and abandoned youth could seek assistance and refuge.
1989 also saw the establishment of the Loaves and Fishes Free Restaurant, which was brought about through the close friendship of Bill Crews, John Singleton and a lucky bet.
In 1996, the Foundation began its first Ashfield based Literacy Tutorial Centre program for needy children.
This was followed about a decade later by a similar Literacy Centre in Redfern, primarily for needy Aboriginal children.
In 2009, we added a night food van to provide hot meals to the homeless who live in Sydney’s CBD.
In 2011, we added a stationary food van service based in Marrickville, creating a free meal service for Sydney’s Inner West’s growing homeless population.