'Invest locally': Homestead for Youth in need of $50k by end of month to keep gates open

Keep the farm gates open: The charity, Homestead for Youth is facing eviction at the end of the month without the financial support of the community. Photos: Supplied.
Keep the farm gates open: The charity, Homestead for Youth is facing eviction at the end of the month without the financial support of the community. Photos: Supplied.

"It's literally coming down to a point where they are looking at getting us evicted by the end of November if we can't raise the money."

Marty Fadelli and his wife, Carla fulfilled their lifelong dream in 2014 when they turned their love for helping at-risk youths into a self-funded charity called, Homestead for Youth.

"My wife Carla and I have been foster carers for 12 years and also working with youths in schools - we just saw a huge gap in youth mental health services," Mr Fadelli said.

"Homestead for Youth is a 12-month resident program where at-risk youth live with us on the farm and during that time we do a lot of mental health-focused recovery work. We also do a lot of animal and sensory therapy."

But six years on from its opening, Homestead for Youth could be facing eviction if they can't raise the funds to buy the farm the charity operates from.

The organisation now only needs $50,000 after $20,000 was raised within half an hour at the Peel Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night.

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"As of the other night we needed $70,000 but we are down to $50,000 now, which is fantastic," Mr Fadelli said.

"If we can gain that last $50,000 it means we have certainty that we are not going to get kicked out - the sellers are being very patient with us but it has been a hard slog for us."

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They have less than a month to raise the rest of the money and Mr Fadelli is pleading with the community to donate.

"It is so important for us to keep the farm because if we did have to move, trying to find a similar sized property with the amount of facilities that are pre-existing on there or to have to rebuild would set us back many years," he said.

"It would set back the organisation therefore hindering our abilities to help more people - if the community wants to see the next generation be better, we urge them to invest locally.

"To be evicted over $50,000 is quite ludicrous so I'm sure we can negotiate but the closer we can get to that the more negotiation power we have to secure the farm."

The MandurahMail is urging the Peel community to help keep the farm gates open. Go to au.gofundme.com/f/save-the-homestead-for-youth-animals to donate.