HWL Ebsworth Lawyers visit to our Melton refuge
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers visit to our Melton refuge

On Thursday 06 October 2022, Hope Street’s CEO, Donna Bennett, was thrilled to host a visit from HWL Ebsworth Lawyers with Partner, Leighton Moon, and legal professionals, Jane Ku and Thomas Appleby, with a tour of our leading designed youth refuge in Melton.

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, a valued partner, provided legal representation through all stages of the First Response Youth Service in Melton project, an innovative new model designed to respond to youth homelessness through a place-based approach in the north-western growth corridor of Melbourne.  The team at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers protected Hope Street and project partners contributing to the successful delivery of the project.

Virtual catchup with Izzy Huntington
Virtual catchup with Izzy Huntington

CEO, Donna Bennett, recently held a virtual catch up with Hope Street friend and one of our Ambassadors, Isabel (Izzy) Huntington (AFLW, Greater Western Sydney, Giants).  Izzy was delighted to get an update on the outcomes young people engaged with Hope Street are achieving and Donna congratulated Izzy on continuing to achieve her goals in life, in particular as a professional player in AFLW and her ongoing advocacy for women in AFL.

On hearing that Hope Street continue to engage with community partners to facilitate opportunities with young people who call programs home, Izzy said, “achieving connections and providing opportunities for relationship building and skills development is so important for young people.  Sounds like things are going really well at Hope Street. I love staying in touch and look forward to meeting with some young people in the programs soon.”

Hope Street worker with tote
Hope Street worker with tote

Due to a donation from a generous community corporate partner, young people engaged with Hope Street and calling our programs home are focusing on their wellbeing, learning self-care skills via engagement in tailored fun community activities.

Over the next few months, 25 young people who are engaged with Hope Street, have experienced family violence and call our programs home will receive Pamper Hampers that have been packaged together with love and community support.  They will also choose a wellbeing experience.

Gardening at our Melton and Whittesea sites
Gardening at our Melton and Whittesea sites

A priority at Hope Street Youth and Family Services is that young people using our services are given opportunities for both skills and personal development.  Tending a vegetable garden bed with others is an example of this, being a fun activity that promotes healthy living and builds self-esteem, social connections and problem-solving skills.

Spring 2022 has seen a focus on renewing some veggie patches across a few of Hope Street’s sites.  Young people and staff have come together to do some weeding, turning soil and planting new crops. We are grateful for the wonderful community support with a special thanks to Bunnings for donating seedlings, soil, mulch and new gloves.

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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
  • Engaging the support of community stakeholders including local businesses to address barriers contributing to youth homelessness

Please contact us if you would like to become a partner and support at risk young people and young families.

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