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.
Business Development and Partnerships Manager
Serap Ozdemir has a passion for social justice, supporting and advocating for marginalised individuals and communities for many years in the not for profit and private sector. Having worked in a diverse range of roles in the community services sector she has a track record of building and developing programs to deliver services for disadvantaged communities in metropolitan and regional areas.
In her role at Hope Street, Serap is able to utilise her entrepreneurial capability, business development, along with service delivery, community and partnership development, research and management of innovative services.
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.
Business Development Manager, Ecodynamics
A measure of any society is the manner in which it treats its most disadvantaged members. The Hope Street First Response Youth Service in Melton will provide, to our most vulnerable youth, a highly effective pathway from poverty and hopelessness towards a future of security and normality. For those of us who have not experienced homelessness, Hope Street has exposed the human dimension of the issue. More importantly, this wonderful organisation has given businesses like ours a concrete opportunity to be part of a solution to reducing homelessness. I believe that my involvement on the Hope Street Corporate Committee will allow further opportunities to promote and assist the growth of this fantastic organisation.
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.
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.