'We need community support': Homestead for Youth's final bid to keep charity open

The charity, Homestead for Youth is facing eviction at the end of the month without the financial support of the community. Photo: Supplied.
The charity, Homestead for Youth is facing eviction at the end of the month without the financial support of the community. Photo: Supplied.

With less than a month left to raise funds to buy the farm the charity operates from, Homestead for Youth are just $35,000 away from its fundraising goal.

The Pinjarra based non-profit organisation has been helping teens in need since it opened its doors in 2014.

The farm takes an alternative approach to mental health care for youths and their families with a variety of innovative, holistic therapies such as car restoration, arts and an animal farm sensory experience - the first in Western Australia.

But with the charity now facing eviction, founders Carla and Martin Fadelli are asking the community to help them keep the farm gates open.

"We just really need community support to get behind us so we can continue to grow and help more people," Mr Fadelli said.

"The community will benefit from having teenagers and families in the community who are role model citizens and leading teenagers who will live better lives and be better people.

"We are already seeing lives turned around who were once doing drugs, on the street, vandalising and suicidal.

"Many of our clients have been very suicidal and we are actually saving their lives - we are taking away the need to think of suicide as the only option and we are giving them a better path."

Homestead for Youth residents Niamh and Caleb. Photo: Supplied.

Homestead for Youth residents Niamh and Caleb. Photo: Supplied.

In a Homestead for Youth video, resident Niamh said the charity had been "vital" in her recovery.

"Homestead for Youth has been vital in my recovery journey - before I came here I didn't have very much self worth and I was hurting a lot of people that cared for me," she said.

"They've helped me to make healthier choices and to learn that I am loved and wanted."

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In a bid to help raise the final funds, Dare Adventures are holding an event with all proceeds going to Homestead for Youth.

The event is $25 per person and includes a flying fox, rock wall, archery, bouncy castle, face painting, live music, food vans, and a raffle.

To buy a ticket to the fundraiser on Sunday, November 29 visit, www.dareadventures.com.au or call 95381314.

The Mandurah Mail 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.