Kennards House, a new residential facility for teenagers who are homeless through no fault of their own, has been opened by NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward.
It is the second project completed by the community-based charity, Stepping Stone House, and results from funding provided by Kennards Hire and the Kennard family, and labour donated by building company Total Construction.
Several sub-contractors and building materials firms also helped with the extensive renovation of a dilapidated Federation house in Sydney's inner-western suburbs.
Ms Goward said the project was a great example of the "will, passion and innovation" the non-government sector could provide to tackle a major problem. "Child protection is not just the business of government, it is the business of the community," she said.
Accredited to provide medium to long term residential services for young people, Stepping Stone House has no religious or political connections, receives no permanent government funding and relies on the generosity of community members and volunteers.
Kennards Hire Group director Angus Kennard said Stepping Stone House was not a huge charity, "but the difference it makes to the lives it touches is massive and long lasting".
"It is sad that there are some kids who, in 2011, have grown up in an environment of abuse, without love and subjected to horrific acts by the people who are meant to be the most trusted, their parents," he said.
Kennards Hire Group CEO John Tolmie said he was shaken by some of the stories he was told when he spoke to residents.
"We believe we can make a difference to the lives of a lot of kids by helping to provide them with a safe, family-style environment while they develop the tools they need to make a decent life," he said.
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|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 13:10|
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