'Sigh of relief': Homestead for Youth gates will stay open

Homestead for Youth were able to raise over $144,000 with the support of the Peel community. Photo: Supplied.
Homestead for Youth were able to raise over $144,000 with the support of the Peel community. Photo: Supplied.

"We finally made it and it's all thanks to you."

Those are the words of Martin Fadelli, who officially announced the Homestead for Youth farm gates could stay open on Thursday.

The Pinjarra based non-profit organisation has been helping teens in need since 2014 but six years on from its opening, Homestead for Youth were facing eviction if they couldn't raise the funds to buy the farm the charity operates from.

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When the Mail first spoke to Mr Fadelli in early November he said the charity had less than a month to raise $175,000.

Six months on, Homestead for Youth were able to raise over $144,000 with the support of the Peel community.

"We were quite blown away especially in the final few months when it looked like we might be getting kicked off if we couldn't come up with the money," Carla Fadelli said.

"We had this amazing outpouring of financial support. It was quite miraculous really how it all happened in the end because it was definitely looking like there was no way we were going to be able to raise that amount of money in such a short amount of time.

"Then we suddenly had some big donations come through from companies then lots of donations from people in the community we've never met."

Carla and Martin Fadelli pictured with their children. Photo: Supplied.

Carla and Martin Fadelli pictured with their children. Photo: Supplied.

It was a sigh of relief for Martin and Carla when they were able to sign on the dotted line.

"It was very exciting and quite the relief," Ms Fadelli said.

"The volunteers and the teens have been on the journey with us while trying to find the finances for the farm so it's nice security for them all knowing we have secured the property."

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Now the property is secure, Ms Fadelli said there was big plans coming for the charity.

"Without securing the property we were really stalled on a lot of the infrastructural things we need to do to grow," she said.

"We are looking at introducing a rabbit café for our toddler group near the animal therapy farm.

"We want to be able to increase the residential accommodation for the teens on site and now we can also expand the office and the commercial kitchen

"This sort of infrastructure is really helpful for staff and the teens to feel like they have that adequate space and place to be able to do things well."