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West refuge in Werribee 26 March 2021

Tradespeople and contractors, many of whom have been providing their services for free, haven’t let the pandemic stop our new youth refuge.

Homelessness in the City of Wyndham has increased by 76% in the last five years, and the coronavirus shutdowns were particularly difficult for at-risk young people who found themselves disconnected from their friends,family, school and employment.

West Refuge in Werribee will be one of four MCM youth refuges across Melbourne committed to providing not only emergency accommodation where young people can stay for around 6–8 weeks but also the practical, mental health and therapeutic support that helps young people start to heal from trauma and works to break the cycle of homelessness.

West Refuge will provide emergency and crisis accommodation and round-the-clock staffing and support for up to ten young people at a time. Residents will be able to access early intervention programs, parenting, education and living skills programs, therapy using art, music and animals, and housing support, all on-site.

The help available to young people across all of MCM’s accommodation network relies upon kind donations, and West Refuge is no exception. On behalf of MCM and all the young people whose lives you will touch with your support for West Refuge, thank you. Your dependable kindness is very much appreciated.

West Refuge is due for completion later this year.

All donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated.

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