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Hope Street’s corporate partners spread the Christmas joy!

Christmas joy

Christmas can be a challenging time for young people who are experiencing homelessness, but Hope Street Youth and Family Services and its corporate partners are doing what they can to spread some festive cheer.

Four corporate partners - Ecodynamics, Mirvac, Woodgrove Shopping Centre and Stramit – have joined with Hope Street for a Christmas appeal that will see over 70 young people receive Christmas gifts, food hampers and gift vouchers. The youth are either accommodated at Hope Street's refuge or residential accommodation sites in Brunswick, Whittlesea or Melton, or are receiving outreach services.

Each Hope Street site has also received a Christmas tree, which the young people have helped to decorate.

The Christmas gifts generously provided by Ecodynamics.Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett, said the response from Hope Street's corporate partners had blown her away. "We put the word out that we wanted to do something special for our young people this Christmas, and within 24 hours we had our corporate partners responding with such passion and generosity. It's heartening to know that, because of their support, every young person will receive a gift this Christmas morning," she said.

Donna emphasized that the Christmas food hampers would be a great support for young people receiving outreach services through Hope Street. "Many of our outreach clients are couch-surfing, staying with friends or extended family. The Christmas hamper gives them an opportunity to contribute to the household, which they feel great about," she said.

We spoke with some of our corporate partners to find out why they chose to engage in Hope Street's Christmas appeal. Here's what they had to say:

This Christmas season, over 6000 young Victorians aged 12 to 24 years old will experience homelessness. Hope Street youth refuges and residential accommodation sites will be home to 23 young people, several of whom have children, and over 50 young people or young families will receive outreach support services.

Photo 1: Abeer, Hope to Home Whittlesea Community Integration Facilitator (left), with Kate who brought Ecodynamics' Christmas presents for our young people and young families in Thomastown. Photo 2: At left is Sharon, Youth Residential Services Team Leader (North East), with Kate at the now-abundantly stocked Christmas tree at our Brunswick Refuge. Photo 3: Kate (second from right) and our team members with Ecodynamics' gifts for our young people and their children in Melton.

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FEATURED PILOT PROGRAM: Hope to Home in Whittlesea

Many young people face obstacles when trying to secure stable accommodation due to no rental history, lack of affordable housing, and no employment to sustain rental leases.  The Hope to Home in Whittlesea pilot program will address these issues by:

  • Facilitating the transition of up to 30 young people (and their children) from the Hope Street in Whittlesea program or Whittlesea Housing into 1 and 2 bedroom units
  • Providing case management once they secure private rental of these units
  • Helping these young people maintain their tenancy, employment, education and training, and community connections
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