About

About

We provide early intervention and prevention services and offer accommodation, stability and support for young people at risk of homelessness, aged 16 to 22 years old, to help set and achieve their goals and independence.

Young people sharing discussion around a table

We provide long term accommodation and support if you are currently experiencing or are at serious risk of homelessness so you can access education, training and employment opportunities.  

Our focus is on providing stability, support and building life-skills so you can achieve your goals and transition to independent living.

Our services

We offer:

  • stable accommodation
  • counselling and support
  • supported links to specialist appointments
  • individualised case management
  • a life skills program.

There are three stages within our program:

  • accommodation and intensive support for a period of up to 12 months
  • transitional accommodation and support for a period of up to 12 months
  • outreach to support independent living for a period of up to 12 months.

You may enter Horizon House at any of these stages and you are not required to access them in a particular order - we take an individual, needs-based approach.

Horizon House also offers specialist support for young mothers and young Aboriginal men in WA. In 2017, we will begin offering a young mother and baby program in Bendigo.

Our residents

To live in Horizon House you must be in or committed to re-engaging in education, training or employment.

Our residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many have experienced significant and complex problems in their life. Some of the challenges our young people have faced include general health issues, family conflict, physical or mental abuse, a lack of education, drug abuse and unemployment.

Each of our intensive support houses is staffed by carers who are experienced and qualified to work with youth and who stay overnight in the home. They also provide outreach services when you move on to transitional accommodation and independent living.

Our Service Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

St John of God Youth Services is committed to providing a safe environment for all children/young people in its care and proactively takes measures to protect children/young people from abuse. We actively implement strategies to ensure that our services are physically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally safe.  The welfare of the children/young people in our care is our first priority and we have zero tolerance towards child abuse, which is any act committed against a child/young person involving physical violence, sexual offences, emotional and/or psychological abuse or neglect.