When Riley’s parents divorced, he lived with his dad who was often violent. One day he fought back, and got kicked out of home. Riley turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. He was homeless at 20 years old. It wasn’t until Riley connected with our crisis accommodation service, Frontyard, that his life turned around. At first, he didn’t feel worthy of help. He didn’t even feel life was worth living. But with support from kind people like you – who gave him a safe place to sleep, and help to rebuild his life – Riley kicked his addiction and found himself work. Now he’s back home with his siblings and mum. Sadly, Riley is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. This Christmas, there are thousands of young Victorians like him who have nowhere safe to call home. They’re facing huge challenges, including family violence and a severe shortage of affordable housing. But you can help change that.Donate now
I couldn’t trust anyone, not even my own parents. I didn’t want to live anymore.
Riley*, 20, who became homeless after his violent dad kicked him out
Could contribute to a nutriticious meal and a place where they’re welcomed on Christmas Day.
Could provide a warm bed and caring environment for a young person who doesn't have a safe place to sleep.
Could help connect a young person with support and services to help them turn their life around.
Can help a young person access the training and therapy they need to heal from trauma and build confident new lives.
There's never a single, simple reason that someone becomes homeless, and it's not enough to just put a roof over someone's head. MCM gives people experiencing homelessness the chance to create a better life. With your help, we can provide:
MCM provides young people with a safe place to stay with their own room, bathroom facilities, and food. Across Melbourne we operate emergency accommodation from five sites, and medium-term accommodation from four sites.
We assist young people to break through the barriers of disadvantage to stay in, or re-connect with education, and to gain skills for employment, so they can become independent and reach for their dreams.
We offer more than a bed. Our services offer healing-oriented care and support (including mental health, family reconciliation, drug and alcohol counselling), for young people who are exhausted and scared, to give them a chance to get back on their feet.
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