2018 Tax Time Appeal

"Children and young people make up nearly 2-in-5 of all people experiencing homelessness"

You can do your part to change this alarming statistic.

Did you know that for as little as $25 you can cover the cost of a health and wellbeing session for one of our young people?

In order to continue providing vital services to young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, we need the assistance of passionate supporters like you.

Your commitment to Ladder and our work means we can plan, think to the future and provide tailored programs that best meet the needs of our young people.

Help them to reach their potential and make an online donation by June 30.

You can help our young people, in just some of the following ways:

Meet Bhoe

Bhoe entered supported accommodation in December 2017, following a period of sustained hardship at home. He recalls there being arguments every day which was made harder by not having a support network, or any friends that he could turn to. He spent most of his time alone in his room, unsure of how to break the cycle and not knowing who could help.

It was Bhoe’s Alcohol and Drug Worker and Youth Worker from school that helped him obtain and complete the forms to join Ladder. He received a phone call for an interview, and with support, successfully completed the process and was accepted into the program. Within a week, Bhoe’s life had taken a dramatic turn for the best.

Since joining, Ladder has helped Bhoe to recast his view of himself and empowered him to believe that he deserves and can build a bright future.

“I’ve been involved in heaps with Ladder since I’ve lived here.

“They have helped me find my passion and I’m now on my way to making that a reality. I received a grant to buy a chef uniform and knife set and was accepted into a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery,” Bhoe said.

In addition to this, Ladder, and partner at Ladder Port Adelaide Foyer, St John’s Youth Service (SJYS), has worked with Bhoe to manage his epilepsy.

“The partnership have worked together and facilitated appointments with a Neurologist and helped him become a member of the Epilepsy Foundation, as well as educate Bhoe with life skills and a Health and Well Being program,” Ladder Regional Coordinator Port Adelaide Foyer, Paul Stewart said.

Ladder and SJYS are continuing to work with Bhoe to take control of his epilepsy which has worsened in recent months. He has decided not to continue with his Certificate for fear of hurting himself or others if he had a seizure.

“Although this is a disappointing setback for Bhoe, the most important thing is that this does not put an end to his dream. We will support him to look at alternatives and will continue to encourage him to believe in himself,” Mr Stewart said.

Bhoe is positive about his future and credits Ladder Port Adelaide Foyer with playing a major role in that.

“My life has turned around majorly since I joined up with Ladder. The workers are all encouraging and they also sit down and listen to problems you are having”

Any donation large or small can make a real difference to the lives of the young people we work with.