As we approach the end of an incredibly challenging year, many of you have expressed to us that you’re worried about the impact that this crisis has had on homeless young people- and we want you to know how you can make a difference.
Right now, there are hundreds of homeless young parents, babies and pregnant women in Australia that desperately need our support. Many of these young parents were forced to flee violent and abusive homes and have been repeatably told throughout their short, painful lives “You don’t belong. You’re useless. You’re not good enough”. Sadly, when a young person hears that over and over again, they begin to feel unworthy and invisible- like lone puzzle pieces that don’t ‘fit in’ or belong anywhere in this world.
We wanted to share Bianca’s story with you today to show you exactly how Lighthouse helps young mums and their babies slowly piece their lives back together again. Your donation not only allows for us to attend to the immediate needs of these little families- but gives us the chance to show them that their dreams, hopes and lives truly matter. You let us show girls like Bianca that they are capable and worthy of being loved. You help us to stop the next generation of homelessness.
Since the next few weeks are regarded as the season of giving and spending time with loved ones, we ask you to please spare a thought for girls like Bianca- and if you can, make a donation. It doesn’t matter how big or small your gift is, because every dollar makes the world of difference right now.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to support our young people throughout this difficult time. Just like a puzzle is put together piece by piece, we wouldn’t be able to rebuild these young lives without you.
Until next time, stay safe and I wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season.
Susan Barton AM- Lighthouse Founder
Imagine being 20-years-old, 38 weeks pregnant and homeless. It seems unimaginable that a young woman in Australia could find herself in such a vulnerable position, but that was true for Bianca.
After years of struggling with substance abuse, Bianca had completed a rehabilitation program to try and prepare herself for motherhood- but with nowhere to call home or social supports available to her, both of their futures were at serious risk.
Thankfully Bianca was referred to Lighthouse, and warmly welcomed into our young parents and babies’ program. It was tough at first, she admits, “learning to live with structure and allowing someone else to care for me was hard”, but for the first time, in a long time, she was safe.
Bianca slowly adapted to her new life at Lighthouse, and after giving birth to her baby boy, Kaylan, embraced the wraparound support provided by her carers and psychologists. Every single day, their thoughtful and predictable engagement with Bianca helped to repair her shattered worldview- proving that genuine, healthy and trustworthy relationships were possible.
After twelve months at Lighthouse, Bianca had developed a strong attachment with baby Kaylan and learnt the vital parenting skills needed to take care of him and most importantly, herself. Having now left the program and transitioned into independent living, Bianca is hopeful for the future and has plans to complete her VCAL and enrol in a Bachelor of Nursing.
We couldn’t be more proud of this young Mum and what she has achieved over the past year. Little Kaylan is lucky to have such a strong role-model in his life, and both of them will always have a place to call home here at Lighthouse as a part of our ‘On For Life’ promise.