1979 Former prison inmate David Hall and psychologist Dave Robinson establish SSF as a halfway house in Salisbury St, Christchurch, based on the Delancey St Foundation of San Francisco. A Board of Trustees is created, elected by way of an annual public meeting. Robinson becomes chairman of the board of trustees and Hall is program director.
1980  Hall resigns as a result of organisational anomalies and soon afterward, the house closes.
1981  Robinson re-establishes SSF in St Albans St, Merivale. Murray Cree takes over as director. SSF secures partial funding from the Department of Justice. Psychotherapy dominates the program.
1984  Cree resigns and former resident Kevin Butson becomes director.
1985  The Criminal Justice Act creates a number of non-custodial sentences and broadens parole, strengthening SSF’s recruitment base.
1986  Kevin Butson resigns and Terry Easthope becomes director, seconded from the Probation Service. Emphasis on psychotherapy is replaced by encounter recreation.
1987 Easthope returns to Probation and former resident Ken Turner becomes director.
1990  A breakdown in organisational accountability forces Turner’s resignation and former businessman Henry Crossen becomes director. Encounter recreation is de-emphasised and replaced with a multi-faceted program.
1991  Crossen resigns following discovery of undisclosed historical bankruptcy. The board decides to pass directorship of SSF to a ‘core group’ of three long-term residents.
1992  The core group experiment proves a disaster and outdoor recreation instructor Jon D’Almeida takes over as director.
1993  D’Almeida resigns to take a position with Outward Bound and former naval officer Neil Borlase is hired as director. Board disorganisation causes his resignation two weeks later. Social worker Colin Elliott is hired as a replacement.
1994  Elliott resigns and former probation officer Glenn Newman is hired as director.
1995  Ownership of the SSF premises in Merivale passes from Justice to Ngai Tahu as a part of an historic settlement under the Treaty of Waitangi. SSF occupancy continues.
1996  SSF becomes New Zealand’s first ‘Habilitation Centre,’ fully funded by the Department of Corrections under terms of the Criminal Justice Amendment Act 1993.
1997  Newman resigns and social worker David Coom takes over as director.
1998  SSF raises a mortgage and purchases the Merivale premises from Ngai Tahu for $320,000.
2000  A rewrite of the SSF constitution causes public election of board members to cease and board recruitment to be replaced by a system of formal cooptation.
2001 SSF purchases a block of three, two-bedroom flats in Manchester St as supported accommodation for ex-residents.
2002  The Parole Act and the Sentencing Act repeal parts of the Criminal Justice Act 1985 and broaden parole, further strengthening SSF’s recruitment base. Habilitation centres now cease to exist but SSF continues to receive funding from Corrections as a ‘Residential Community Centre.’
2003  David Coom resigns and social worker Lyn Voice is hired as director.

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Address: 15 St Albans Street
P.O. Box 36-174
Christchurch NZ, 8146
Phone: (03) 355 9189
Fax: (03) 355 9123
Mobile: 027 434 5160
Email: lyn.voice@salisburystreet.co.nz