CHEERS TO US: Celebrating 30 years, Sherrie Stringer, Kate Brodie, Gena Hitzke, Travis Rogers, Tina Bunge, Lisa McDermott, Craig Shields, Jaye Garthwait, Wendy Marsten, Colleen Tribe and Linda Tye. Inset: Wendy Marsten.
CHEERS TO US: Celebrating 30 years, Sherrie Stringer, Kate Brodie, Gena Hitzke, Travis Rogers, Tina Bunge, Lisa McDermott, Craig Shields, Jaye Garthwait, Wendy Marsten, Colleen Tribe and Linda Tye. Inset: Wendy Marsten. Paul Braven

Gladstone organisation makes the 30-year milestone

ROSEBERRY Community Services has reached a significant milestone of bringing 30 dedicated years of service to the community.

The organisation, which provides assistance to young people and families in difficulty, started out as a youth shelter in Gladstone in the mid-1980s.

Now RCS is a multi-layered organisation facilitating youth and family programs, housing and crisis accommodation in Gladstone and Rockhampton.

One woman, who has been with the organisation for 18 years, remembers RCS's first steps.

Wendy Marsten, a born and bred Gladstone woman, started her role at the organisation in 1998 in administration part-time.

 

THAT'S MY TEAM: The Roseberry Community Services team.
THAT'S MY TEAM: The Roseberry Community Services team. Rebecca O'Grady

Thirty years down the track she is the business manager and works full time.

"When I first started, Roseberry ran four programs all based in Gladstone," she said.

"Today, we have 16 programs providing services."

The organisation has undergone three name changes. Wendy said she believed the final name best reflected the growth and service the organisation provided.

"The most significant milestone was the addition of community housing to our services in 2005-2006, with nine properties managed," she said.

 

"Now our housing services manage 165 properties for people in crisis.

"I'm so proud to be working for an organisation that values both clients and staff and provides a respected service to the community."



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