The Fair Haven Home and Retirement Village started as an idea in the late 1970s. The Association was formed in May 1982 and the building contract to build the first four units and stage one of the hostel was signed in April 1984.
Fair Haven was opened in 1985 with a flat and accommodation for five residents. In 1995 the Jacaranda wing was added, followed by the Jasmine wing in 1998 and the Protea wing in 2002, and more recently a number of independent living units and a Therapeutic Garden. In addition to the rooms there is also a large hall, a kitchen, a laundry, a library/lounge, a dining/meeting room, offices, and a hairdressing facility.
Looking back we can only conclude that the LORD has richly blessed the early days of humble beginnings. At the time there were just two Perth Metropolitan congregations, Armadale and Kelmscott. And after several extensions the Fair Haven hostel has grown from five to thirty rooms, and the surrounding village to 31 units.
Over the past 32 years the ‘Fair Haven’ home and village have been home to many of our parents and grandparents. The blessing of sharing our twilight years with fellow believers and being cared for by brothers and sisters is an amazing gift from our gracious Heavenly Father. Let us not neglect to thank and praise Him from whom all blessings flow.
“Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.”
OUR BIBLICAL CHARGE TO CARE FOR THE AGED
The foundation of the Association is the Bible, the Word of God as expressed in the three doctrinal standards consisting of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort. It is on these standards that we base our obligation to provide and care for our aged brothers and sisters who are members of the Free Reformed Churches.
In the care for the frail and aged residents of the Fair Haven Hostel it is our aim to consider it a privilege of working with the elderly. And the staff is committed to express this in practical and honourable ways and to show Christ’s love and mercy in word and deed.
Based on the above principles we demonstrate this care for the individual needs of the residents, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. We are assisted in this by regular visits of the ministers and elders of the Free Reformed Churches.
We foster the development of talents and abilities of our residents and we encourage relatives and friends from outside the Fair Haven Hostel to join us in these efforts. We promote and assist the commemoration of events such as birthdays, anniversaries, Christian feast days and specific events.
Regularly, but especially on these occasions we reflect on God’s faithfulness and love. Our focus is on our daily care and activities, but we also focus on the goal that lies ahead. With our elderly brothers and sisters we believe and look forward that God’s promises are firm and true.
We believe that we belong to Jesus Christ who has made us His own and it is in the hope of life eternal that we continue to care, honour and respect our residents and together with them seek our strength to achieve that goal of perfection.