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Culturally appropriate resources to support Horizon House's young Aboriginal men

St John of God Horizon House are proud to have worked together with local organisations to provide at-risk young Aboriginal men in Broome with culturally appropriate supplies and resources.

Horizon House Broome accommodates young Aboriginal men aged 16 to 22 years old who are either homeless, or at risk of homelessness, in order for them to thrive and fulfil their potential. Horizon House Broome resident

It is often the case that young people arrive at a Horizon House with little, or no belongings. Earlier this year, Horizon House received donated ‘rise packs’ from Perth not-for-profit organisation Operation Sunshine WA, who provide backpacks with essential items and gifts for children and youth in crisis care or out-of-home care.

Horizon House Support Coordinator Venitah received the packs after consulting with the residents in the house on what they felt was needed most.

“The Rise Packs will make such a difference to the beginning of a young person’s journey at Horizon House, where they can thrive and not just survive,” Venitah said.

“The backpacks included an array of personal hygiene items and stationery supplies, to name a few. These are everyday items that we often take for granted.” 

Horizon House also received a donation of books from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). ILF is a not-for-profit organisation that publishes and distributes culturally relevant books to communities as a way to boost literacy levels.

Venitah said having culturally appropriate books for Horizon House’s young people in Broome were essential for better educational outcomes for Aboriginal youth.

“One of our residents started reading a book that was actually written by one of his previous mentors,” Venitah said.

“Seeing the glint in his eyes and the smile on his face when speaking about the author and the book gives depth of meaning - of not just receiving the donated books but also adding to a young man’s happiness.”