Finding a place where people care
Before 19-year-old Saran arrived at our youth refuge, she faced a frightening reality. She had nowhere safe to go and no one to lean on.
Thrown onto the streets, alone and without any of her belongings - including her identification cards - Saran knocked on the doors of a Mission Australia youth refuge.
It was really scary not knowing where to go or what to do." -Saran, 19.
Our teams provided Saran with the support she needed including access to essential items, healthy meals, counselling and medical care. Saran applied for new identification cards and secured a safe and permanent place to call home.
It wasn’t an easy journey but with faith, grit and perseverance, Saran is now leading an independent and thriving life.
With your help, we can reach more vulnerable young people like Saran.
Breaking the cycle of homelessness
Did you know that in 2020-21, around 41,700 young people were alone when they requested help from homelessness services like Mission Australia?^
With your support, our teams can continue to provide vulnerable young people with the guidance and support they need to break the cycle of homelessness and learn to thrive.
When young people arrive at our service, they are in quite a bad state. We provide the guidance and assistance they need to become independent – it's amazing to witness young people working extremely hard to transform their lives.” - Lucy, Mission Australia.
How your donation helps
From immediate care to long-term support, you can help us provide vulnerable young people like Saran with an opportunity to lead independent and rewarding lives.
This Easter, your donation helps provide:
- Access to essential items and hygiene products
- Fresh meals for a week
- Crisis accommodation for a young person in need
- Transition to secure housing
- Counselling and mental health services
- Education, training and life skills
- Continued support to lead an independent and thriving life.
Our promise to you
Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.
Thanks to your support, together we helped 152,684 people in 2021 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.
In 2021, 88.0% of our income went straight back into delivering services that assisted vulnerable Australians.
We appreciate every donation we receive and ensure that each dollar goes where it is needed most.
^Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2021), Specialist homelessness services annual report 2020–21