Starter kit for young mums

Seventeen-year-old mother Annie with her three-month-old baby Lily.
Seventeen-year-old mother Annie with her three-month-old baby Lily.

Horizon House provides accommodation and specialised support to homeless young pregnant women and help them get on their feet before having their baby.

New mother Annie, who stayed at Horizon House before having her daughter Lily, said she did not know where she would be today without the support the organisation provided.

‘I was in a pretty rough place before coming to Horizon,’ she said.

‘But through the support from Horizon House I was able to have my baby and find a place of our own.’

The 17-year-old said she found living by herself with Lily was hard at first but, with the help of the home started kit and other support, was able to provide a comfortable home for herself and now three-month-old daughter.

Annie was one of 24 young mothers to receive a home starter kit filled with basic household essentials including a dinner set, mugs, glasses, utensils, cutlery, saucepans, baking pans, tea towels, toiletries and laundry items.

The starter kits were put together through a St John of God Mission Mentoring program initiative that raised $3500.

Fundraising team leader at St John of God Subiaco Hospital Hayley Verbunt said young mothers are generally given donations for their babies but not themselves.

‘We felt the girls were entitled to new products going towards their new future as a mum and allowing them to be house-proud hosts to visitors,’ she said.

‘It was lovely to hear how excited and grateful the girls were when they received their kits.

‘Something many of us would just take for granted makes such a difference and helps them establish their own home for their new life with their baby.’