SHALOM House has been named as the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Charity Award winner at the 2017 Telstra WA Business Awards.
The not-for-profit organisation won the award for its work in helping to restore the lives of men with substance abuse issues.
Founder and chief executive of the organisation Peter Lyndon-James said it was an honour and humbling to receive the award, and thanked Telstra for recognising so many businesses, individuals and organisations for their work.
“I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists of each of the categories,” he said.
“For myself, like the other finalists and winners, I do what I do not to be recognised but because it’s a passion within me to see lives change and for our community to be a better place.
“This award is a true testament to the team effort of more than 50 staff and volunteers that make up the Shalom House team.
“It is also a testament to the more than 110 residents of Shalom House, who are changing their lives, the lives of their families and the lives of the members of our community, one person at a time.”
Mr Lyndon-James said receiving the award came with great responsibility and said he would be an ambassador for the awards with accountability, honesty, integrity and transparency.
He said his own experience with drugs had led him to his work at Shalom House and awards like this continued to motivate him in what he was doing.
“I spent 26 years of my life trapped in a world that I did not want to be in, a world that I didn’t know how to break free from,” he said.
“From the age of nine I was in and out of children’s homes, institutions and prisons; all I wanted was my mum and dad and to be normal.”
He said people who went through the program had their lives restored by the end of their time at Shalom House.
“Shalom House is a one-of-a-kind program. There is nothing like it anywhere else in Australia,” he said.
“Our residents at Shalom are valued, contributing members of society, they are making a difference in the community everywhere they go.”
Shalom House is now a finalist in the 2017 Telstra Australian Charity Award, to be held in Sydney on August 25.