RITCHIES COMMUNITY BENEFIT CARD HELPS GETS OUR KIDS OFF THE STREETS!
Open Family Australia provides Outreach support and services to young people at-risk and homeless within the community. Many of these young people suffer from a myriad of issues including poverty, unemployment, disenfranchisement from education, problematic drug and alcohol use, mental and physical health issues and may have suffered abuse. Open Family Australia's outreach workers go to where the young people are, engage with them and link them into the support and services they require to reconnect back into their communities.
Sue Renkin, CEO of Open Family Australia wrote:
“Open Family Australia has a long history in providing this service for the community and we acknowledge the wonderful contribution that Ritchies' shoppers have made to their communities over the years.
To those who support Open Family Australia, thank you for making a difference to a young person's life. Your support goes directly into keeping our Outreach workers on the streets where they are needed the most. Outreach workers are available anytime for intensive clients, operating after hours when existing services are not available. They advocate for them, build rapport and aim to become a significant adult in their life, assisting them to tap into mainstream support services and programs in the local area.
This style of outreach work empowers young people to make better decisions. It can turn a young person's life around, creating real change and reconnecting them with their community.”
If you would like to help Open Family Australia and our young people living on the streets, you can nominate them to receive a donation via Ritchies Community Benefit Card (CB No. 92738).