Boosting youth futures

Rosa De Freitas and her son Leo (3) with caseworker |Catherine Staite. Picture: Martin Kennealey d423796
Rosa De Freitas and her son Leo (3) with caseworker |Catherine Staite. Picture: Martin Kennealey d423796

Couch-surfing from the age of 14 because of troubles at home, Ms De Freitas found herself unemployed, suffering depression and worried about the future of her son Leo.

That is when Fremantle’s Youth Place stepped in, helping her find a supported accommodation unit.

Ms De Freitas is now working in a salon and has her own long-term housing.

Run through St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and Youth Futures, Youth Place provides crisis accommodation for young people up to the age of 25.

With Homeless Persons Week running until August 10, Ms De Freitas’s caseworker Catherine Staite said it was an important time for the community to know more about what services were available.

‘Through housing young people in our supported accommodation units and supporting additional young people into additional avenues for tenancy we are able to ensure their immediate needs are met,’ she said.

‘As a result, we are then able to work with them in a productive, holistic environment to achieve their work, parenting or study goals and become active members of the community.

‘Young people, if provided with professional access to qualified youth workers and access to safe, secure housing, begin to thrive in regards to re connecting with their community.’

As part of Homeless Persons Week, the Growers Green Farmers Market donated all money made on Sunday to support Youth Place, and St Patrick’s will be holding a free lunch for the homeless at their support centre on August 8.