The Corporate Committee has been developed to enable external expert stakeholders to contribute to the promotion and sustainability of Hope Street beyond its current service delivery. Current activities of the Committee include the development of a Marketing plan and providing strategic advice on how to build robust dual transaction partnerships with a range of businesses.
Director and Chair of Committee
As a great supporter of the terrific work of Hope Street I am honoured to be able to contribute to the Board and this Committee.
I have worked in the areas of homelessness support and housing services for over 20 years, including youth services.
Currently I work in the area of women’s health and wellbeing which focusses on reducing inequalities and improving the health outcomes for women, including the prevention of violence against women and children.
Chief Executive Officer
Donna Bennett has in excess of 25 years experience managing and delivering transitional, outreach and crisis accommodation services to young people including families and she has made a significant contribution in the Homelessness Sector via capacity building, community development and systems development.
Donna has established leadership and strategic development skills and has been CEO of Hope Street since 2000.
Service Development Manager
Bruce Tucker joined Hope Street in June 2016 with over 25 years of experience working at various community based organisations that worked in the homelessness, out-of-home care and youth justice sectors. Bruce developed a passion for seeing something done to address the issues of youth homelessness after the release of the Burdekin Report — 'Our Homeless Children' in 1989.
Bruce has worked in coordinating a regional collective of youth housing workers and agencies, managing a young men’s emergency shelter, and has also been a state representative on a national youth homelessness peak body.
Paul R Baulch
Director, Reactivate Group
My passion in guiding children and young people to reach their full potential saw me join Hope Street's Corporate Committee. With extensive experience in implementing and managing health and wellness programs at some of Australia’s largest corporates, I aspire to make a difference to the health and wellness of the next generation.
Director, Raine and Horne Melton
I offered to assist with Hope Street as no-one should be without the basics of a roof over their head, and being in real estate this is something I thought we could make a significant impact with.
Chief Executive Officer, Tabcorp Park - Melton
I have offered to assist Hope Street because I see homeless youth as a very important and increasing issue in society today. Hope Street does make a difference in the lives of many young people and I hope that we can continue to make inroads and support for a growing number of young people who need our help and support.
Chairman and Managing Partner, Cyclone The Agency
I have had a long career in advertising as a Creative Director both in London and Melbourne and joined the Corporate Committee because my business has strong experience in helping not for profit organisations build awareness through high profile fund raising activities.
Director, Wesley College Foundation
Like many people in Melbourne, I had not heard of Hope Street or their mission to provide shelter and support to homeless youth. When I attended a briefing and heard a moving, first-hand account of the extraordinary work they do with young people, I was hooked and honoured to join their Corporate Committee. Hope Street is a remarkable organisation that provides a caring and structured environment that allows young people the opportunity to start rebuilding their lives. As a Committee member, I hope to make a small contribution to its important work and encourage others to do so.
General Manager, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
Bad luck can befall anyone at any time and at these times there is no better feeling than a helping hand that puts some hope back into your life. Hope Street is assisting young people who need it the most – they may have ended up on the street or just be in a bad way, with nowhere to turn. Just putting a roof over their heads can be the first step in getting their lives back on track.
As a corporate advisory group we are there to give support wherever possible to those working at Hope Street – get them what they need - to make it easy for them to assist those in need. The work that Hope Street is doing is more than worthwhile – it is exemplary and I’m happy to play a small part in the successful work that Hope Street undertakes.
Director, Upfront Events
The treatment of homeless youth can't afford to be ignored. Having a home means having more than shelter and amenities. It means being part of a community, contributing to the society, culture and economy in which it embodies and ultimately underpins a healthy and fulfilling life.
Homelessness impacts a person's entire life and prohibits them from living happy and rewarding lives. It severely damages their physical, mental and social well-being — and is often exacerbated and compounded by psychiatric conditions, problems and addictions. Unfortunately due to this, there is a cultural stigma surrounding homelessness.
The work that Hope Street does to reverse homeless shaming, raise public awareness of the issue, and aid the homeless youth is absolutely invaluable. I support Hope Street because they help to alleviate the continual struggle that homeless youths experience. They contribute to a more positive discourse that surrounds homelessness and ultimately improve the quality of life for countless homeless youths through their support and education programs.
Hope Street helps to create and encourage optimism for young people who have faced homelessness by empowering them with opportunities to develop and grow towards whatever they put their mind to.