Stepping Stone House might be a small charity in Sydney, but we have have been working tirelessly to champion our cause and support homeless and at-risk youth – and it has paid off!
Our efforts were recently recognised by the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) when we were awarded the Service Excellence Award at the 2018 Achievement Awards. We couldn’t be happier with the result or prouder of our exceptional team and everything they do.
Stepping Stone House started with the goal of providing safety and security to young people in need, most of whom hail from
disadvantaged backgrounds and turbulent families full of exposure to drugs, alcohol and violence. Since embarking on this mission
nearly 30 years ago, Stepping Stone House has helped over 450 young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The award was presented by The Honorable Pru Goward, the Minister for Family and Community Services, on behalf of the ACWA.
The ACWA noted that SSH has “demonstrated outstanding work in assisting homeless and disadvantaged youth to achieve responsible
independence. They also included the results of an independent survey of former SSH residents that spoke volumes to the long-lasting
effects of the unique mix of education, mentorship and development that Stepping Stone House employs with each of its young
charges. 33% had gone on to become homeowners and 78% were employed. Others had also pursued higher education and found
stable renting opportunities.”
Stepping Stone House CEO, Jason Juretic, said of the award, ‘It’s wonderful to see the hard work of our team recognised in this way. In the end, it is all about our children and young people and helping them be the very best they can be. I was pleased to see our emphasis on measuring outcomes was recognised as part of the assessment process and it is key that we keep using empirical data to determine where our focus needs to be and what is working
Moving forward, Stepping Stone House continues to be dedicated to ending youth homelessness and supporting children and youth to
become strong and independent. We believe we can and will deliver even more impactful change and inspire the community to band together
to do more for those that need it.