EOFY Donations

As you can see, our young people are achieving fantastic results when compared to youth in other homeless refuges or in foster or residential care. So it was surprising therefore to receive news that our NSW FACS funding will not be renewed for 4 of our young people.

So we have created a revised plan for the 2018 financial year which will help fill the gap, caused through the lack of FACS funding, by reducing staffing costs and by increasing donations and fundraising.

SSH will not compromise the standard of care for our children and young people. The private sector support is and has been the lifeblood of SSH. Now we need you to continue that support through this transition. If you can give something more this year, it will go towards maintaining the level of care for those who stay with us without funding so they can become the best they can be just like Megan. Please click here to make a tax deductible donate

Sleep Under the Stars Registration is open

Our third Sleep Under the Stars event is going to be bigger and better than ever. We plan to raise $225,000 to provide accommodation and development for 8 Stepping Stone House young people for a whole year so please register at https://www.sleepunderthestars.com.au and come and join in the FUN on Friday 27 October 2017.

We are fortunate to be granted rare permission to hold our Sleep Under the Stars event under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour and Opera House.

A sleep out for the whole team and family to get behind a much-needed solution to help homeless and at risk youth build a better future. Increase the awareness of homelessness in your organisation and or family.

An opportunity to team build literally! Get your teams together to register and build your shelter construction. Let you skills shine by being as simple or as creative as you or your team like. Prizes for best shelter design, highest individual and highest team fundraised.

Family experience. Let your children appreciate what they have in a safe and secure home while experiencing a unique sleep out experience waking up to one of the world’s best views.

Toast marshmallows over fire pits while listening to live music under the harbour bridge, sip soup from the soup kitchen, enjoy games and prizes.

Photo needed of the ‘atmosphere’ or montage of different photos night time fire pits the shelters – kennards making bacon and eggs

Youth Homelessness in Australia

Would you like a band-aid or a strategy and support to change your life?

There are over 47,000 youth living it rough or homeless in Australia. There are many aspects to why so many youth are homeless: Domestic violence, abuse, trauma, neglect and breakdown of a family unit are often the cause of no fault of the young people affected. While there is a need for short-term shelter Stepping Stone House has been founded on the principle firstly working to restore the young person to their family or if this is not possible then take a longer-term view with the combination of providing a permanent home with support, love and therapeutic care, adventure education to stretch & challenge and prove that they can overcome obstacles, continuation of care so that at the technical Adult age of 18 their goes on and the growth and steps to independence continue.

Fact. 60% of youth after leaving an out of home care provider or homeless shelter at the legally adult age of 18 will be homeless within a year.

Why? For many organisations funding stops when a youth turns of ‘Adult’ age. Our care model has always been to have a continuation of care to 25 so that development and goals can be reached with support that is lacking even before a young person enters our care.

While we recognise that immediate temporary shelter a much-needed service our focus has always been long term and our purpose is taking a young person as far as they can go with the aim of enabling them to create a better future.

At Stepping Stone House our youth range of care can start as young as 12 up to the age of 25. Care continues beyond that with our aftercare & Alumni programs.

The percentage of youth who go onto tertiary and higher education is reported to be 2% in the industry. At Stepping Stone House more than 35% of our young people go on to achieve higher education that they say they would never have achieved if they had not come to us.

When they enter the workforce be it part-time during study or full time our youth are shown how to build their finances so that they can be ready for the next step with rental bonds and manage their income.

Watch the video: “If it wasn’t for Stepping Stone House I’d be dead or in jail” – Amanda (Former resident).

We run a lean team and the donations you make go directly to the benefit of our youth. Our programs enable our youth to have a home with a room of their own, support and programs

What would the donation of the equivalent of a coffee each week make?
5 tutoring sessions per year for a youth to sit HSC
An overnight adventure education trek for one young person.
Let’s change the way our youth in need are viewed by taking action to make their world a better place.

We thank you for your part in making this possible.

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Extending the age of out-of-home care to 21 necessary for economic, social gains: researcher

An interesting article on the need to extend the leaving age for OOHC youth from 18 to 21 – something our CEO Jason Juretic strongly believes in and wrote about in a recent article for Open Forum.

“It is the type of issue that is being examined at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

“Associate Professor Mendes said 63 per cent of homeless young people were once in state care, and about 30 per cent of care leavers were unemployed.”

Read more here

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