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.
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.