Charity of the month – Youth off the streets
Who: Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation founded by Father Chris Riley in 1991. The organisation works with young people from age 12 to 21 who may be facing challenges of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, neglect and abuse. Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.
How they help: Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma. Their goal is to help these young people leave their care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full-time or part time job in hand. The organisation’s services include aboriginal programs, crisis accommodation, alcohol and other drug services, counselling, accredited high schools, outreach and residential programs. Volunteers support them every step of the way.
How you can help: You can help by donating, fundraising, volunteering, shopping or becoming a partner. You can also support the #laceitup campaign to support the 47,000 young homeless people living in Australia. Laces can be purchased at www.laceitup.com.au at $5 a pair. Funds raised will go towards providing food, shelter and mentoring programs for at risk youth.