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Corporate Volunteers transform Lana House

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Life begins with a home written on a clipboard

Imagine being a young woman, most likely with a child, having recently faced an emotional and traumatic crisis after leaving a domestic or violent family situation, for a safe house – perhaps like our ‘Kira House’. You stay here for a few months, but where next? Do you go back to the residence of your perpetrator? Stay with friends or other family? Find a new home? Can you afford to rent a home? It is because of this need we visualised providing another option for young women. With this in mind, ‘Lana House’ was born.

Lana House is possible because we were granted a house from the Department of Housing for young women in critical circumstances located in the Midland area. Along with a growing partnership with St John of God (Outreach), we set out to provide a four-family unit home with support staff.

Following much preparation, but with much work still to do, the Lana House renovations were ready to commence. It was then that we were approached by international business INPEX. People from their Perth office were prepared to donate their time and talent to make a stunning home of Lana House.

Over two days, the team from INPEX along with others who volunteered their time between busy schedules including Rise staff, St John of God (Outreach) staff and young people, Heather Baker, a Garden Designer and Kevin Comber, a Handyman, worked together at Lana House.

4 volunteers in the garden at Lana House , one with wheelbarrow and the others with spades and shovels

They painted, cleaned, built furniture, dug and planted and shopped. We called those days the ‘Lana Labour Days’. Everyone worked hard, shared stories, ate well, found muscles they didn’t know they had and most importantly, enjoyed themselves. The volunteers told how their contribution gave back to their own life.

Lana House opened in December 2014. The young woman who Lana House was named after performed a special celebratory song and a tree was planted in the presence of dignitaries, partners and friends.

If you are an organisation and would like to know more about how you can help with this type of support, visit our corporate volunteering or partnerships page with us, or email us at Fundraising@risenetwork.com.au.

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