A year ago, the relationship between 17-year-old Stephen and his aunt and uncle began to deteriorate and the family asked Stephen to leave. Stephen held a lot of anger towards them, as he felt they treated him differently from their own children. Stephen also expressed resentment towards his mother, whom he described as a "junkie".
Stephen’s Hope Street Youth Support Service Case Manager referred him to the Melbourne City Mission Foyer Plus program which provides long-term supported housing along with services for education, training, employment and intensive casework support to young people aged 16–25, to help them reach independence. Stephen was able to work towards his goals, and address any issues he identified to progress to positive independent living.
Funding was found to purchase items to assist Stephen with his new accommodation and independent living. Stephen also successfully participated in the Hope Street's Skills for Life 101 and received achievement vouchers.
Stephen found himself eager to put in place necessary changes to move forward to establish a stable future.