Megan’s Road to Success

We would like to congratulate Megan* who is an amazing young woman who has officially graduated from SSH, after being with us for over 18 months. In the time that she has been with our little family, she has achieved accolades of skills, including: Main speaker at 2016 Sleep Under the Stars. Completed TAFE qualification in Events Management. Passed driving test thanks to the ‘Drive to Freedom’ program.
 Active participant in adventure education programs, including summiting Mt Kosciusko, camping in zero degrees celsius, swimming in waterfalls and learning to ski.
 Secured employment at Roads and Maritime Services. Addressed the emotional challenges she had prior to coming to SSH. 
 Learnt over 100 life skills.
 Moved into private rental accommodation. We wish this inspiring young person the best of luck and can’t wait to hear about her future endeavours! * Name changed to protect her... read more

The ten hardest days of my life

Read how Stepping Stone Supporter & 2017 Sleep Under the Stars Committee member Ray Sykes Account Manager from Macquarie Finance and his wife Di went to the highest level yet for Stepping Stone House. Ray and Di recently returned from their extraordinary 28 day Himalayan trip with some outstanding... read more
In conversation with Ray Sykes, fundraiser for Stepping Stone House & intrepid mountaineer

In conversation with Ray Sykes, fundraiser for Stepping Stone House & intrepid mountaineer

Published on June 21, 2017 Sarah McKenzie Writer & Editor Ray Sykes is Senior Operational Risk Manager at Macquarie Bank and a dedicated supporter of Stepping Stone House. Ray teamed up with his wife, Di, a fellow outdoors adventurer, to tackle one of the biggest challenges of their lives: embarking on a 24-day mountaineering expedition in Nepal to raise much-needed funds for Stepping Stone House. After completing a trek to Everest Base Camp in 2008, Ray and Di felt inspired to return to Nepal for the next big adventure. In April 2017, they set off to summit Mera Peak (6476m) and Island Peak (6189m), and cross the Amphu Laptsa Pass (5800m). Mera and Island Peaks are both popular trekking peaks in Nepal – but very few people attempt both on the same trek. S: Hi Ray, thanks for putting the time aside to have a chat. So what’s your relationship with Stepping Stone House? How did you find out about the organisation? R: Hi Sarah, no worries. To give you a bit of context, at Macquarie Bank, we have a have staff counsel that focuses on community-based projects and donating time for charitable organisations. We have around 700 or 800 staff, and our foundation will match dollar for dollar any funds raised – which can make a huge difference for small charities. We also have a special week called ‘Foundation week’, where Macquarie Foundation donates $2 for every dollar raised, and there are a lot of charity events during this time. At one of these events two years ago, I was introduced to Jason, CEO of Stepping Stone House, and it was suggested... read more

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... read more

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 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... read more

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... read more

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... read more


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Sponsorship form for 2015 Sleep Out

Ask your family, friends and neighbours if they will make a pledge, donate or sponsor you for your sleep out efforts! Once funds are collected you can then donate your total to your fundraising page or contact us for banking details at Click here to download sponsorship form for your Stepping Stone House Sleep... read more