Horizon House opens up new experiences for young people

This Homelessness Week, we are celebrating the achievements of some of the inspiring young people in the St John of God Horizon House Program.

Horizon House Bunbury resident NoelleHorizon House has opened up new experiences for Bunbury resident, Noelle, since joining almost two years ago.

Visiting Rottnest Island in a Cessna aircraft and riding a horse for the first time are just some of the things the 21-year-old has experienced since joining Horizon House.

“Because of the encouragement I received from Horizon House, I feel like I can live more freely and get out of my comfort zone to enjoy new experiences,” Noelle said.

Noelle was referred to Horizon House from a women’s refuge after experiencing family violence at home where she felt unsafe.

Noelle credits the support and compassion from various support workers for being able to attend a school ball this year.

“I feel really lucky to have been able to go,” she said.

“One caregiver donated a dress and another caregiver did my hair and makeup, so that’s made me feel grateful that I didn’t miss out on such an important event."

Horizon House also provides a life skills program that teaches residents essential skills such as cooking, cleaning and personal budgeting that they will require in order to live independently.

The skills they learn build the confidence and capabilities of our young people, allowing them to become more connected to the community.

Noellle says the program hasn’t just given her a safe place to come home to each night but also the opportunity to learn new skills, and experience new things.

“Horizon House has taught me how to use public transport, helped me obtain my driver’s license and even helped with setting up a house including connecting utilities,” Noelle said.

“I love the freedom of being able to go where I want, when I want.”

Noelle, who is currently working as a waitress in Bunbury has recently obtained a passport and has dreams of travelling to Europe and using her hospitality skills abroad.

“My hopes for the future are to own my own home, and to travel," she said.

"A few years ago, I never would’ve thought that I’d be in a position to achieve these goals, but now I am confident I will.”

Horizon House provides long-term accommodation and support to vulnerable young people aged 16 to 22 years who are currently experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness while they access education, training and employment opportunities. 



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