In 1913, the first Superintendent of the West End Mission (now the WestCare Centre), Robert Lavis and his wife Lucy realized the desperate needs of homeless and Aboriginal people. Having witnessed the great need, they created a Pathway to Hope that sought to overcome the barriers faced by those in peril. God gave them a hunger to serve those men, women and children in need to help, in need of hope.
Seeing the great plight of homeless people and hungry children, they established a kindergarten with accommodation for over 200 children. As a result of the care and compassion that Robert and Lucy Lavis expressed for those in need back in 1913, many more lives have been transformed over the years.