We’ve had a great start to 2014 albeit with quite a few changes. Two of our girls have felt confident enough to move out into independent living and we are in the process of welcoming new girls into the houses. The girls that are currently with us have resumed TAFE or school and one of our girls is now full time parenting which is very exciting…
As mentioned one of our girls is now a mum – she welcomed her beautiful little girl into the world in April. Both mum and baby (pic on the right) are doing extremely well and we’re amazed at how quickly this little one has settled into a daily routine. We also welcomed a second baby in May to our much-loved Director who is currently on maternity leave. All went well and both mum and bubs are doing well also. One of our young mums left recently into independent living after residing in one of our houses for over a year. We look forward to seeing her from time to time and we wish her well.
HORSES FOR HOPE
One of our Asher residents has recently had the privilege of joining in the Horses for Hope program. This program gives young people the opportunity to work with rescued horses to help heal the horses whilst learning to regulate their own emotions thus healing themselves. Our participating resident says: “This program has helped me to balance/regulate my emotions, I have learnt to think mindfully about how I react & have enjoyed helping the horses heal.”
UPCOMING STREET COLLECTION
On the last weekend of June we will be doing a street collection at 2 intersections in the Maroondah area as a fundraiser for JEM. Our aim is to continue to do this annually to help boost much needed finances to continue the work that we do. We are currently looking for volunteers to help collect money on the 28th& 29th of June. If you’re able to help please email Renee Conroy (in admin) – firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s with sadness to see our Croydon house leader leave after 12 months of service with JEM. We’re very grateful for the time she’s spent in the house supporting numerous young women. She’ll be missed but has promised to visit us and we’re going to hold her to it On the other hand we’re excited to welcome a new house leader whom we feel is a great fit for the girls in the house.
Many of you may already know but for those who don’t we have moved one of the Asher homes from Blackburn to Doncaster East and the girls are loving it. It didn’t take very long to settle in and it’s just in time for winter as it’s a carpeted house. We’ve been very blessed that the transition ran so smoothly and also this new house doesn’t have a very big garden to maintain!!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO OUR VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS!!
We are continually grateful for our volunteers and supporters!! Our volunteers are well and truly back into the swing of things this year helping with cooking, as mentors, tutors, counsellors, in maintenance, management, helping with knitting, baby hampers, sleep overs and much much more!
Thank you to our wonderful supporters. By providing financial support you allow us to meet the needs of girls who have suffered severe hardship and homelessness. Your support allows us to provide a safe, secure environment where healthy relationships are role modelled and encouraged. Where girls learn to care for each other and for themselves. And in time gives them the skills to empower them to move forward.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
One of the girls in the Croydon home recently had a series of operations on her ankle – they are all complete now and doctors are currently assessing her recovery. She’s been very brave and had plenty of time for Candy Crush as she’s taken time off work to rest and recover!!