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A project supporting young parents with Transitional Housing and wrap around support will commence in 2023, after receiving philanthropic support from the Eliza White Charitable Trust.

The additional funding will allow the HOPE Project to commence in 2023, supporting young parents at the seven-unit Pavitt St development in Christchurch. The HOPE Project supports vulnerable young parents with a range of supports that meet individual need, including social work support, as well as a range of pregnancy and parenting support and education services.

Kath Prins, General Manager Community, Youth and Child Services, said ”our team are incredibly thankful for the generous support of the Eliza White Charitable Trust who have invested $85,000 for the establishment year.”

“Pavitt St will provide safe, secure and stable housing for seven young families. Our team via the HOPE Project work alongside those families, supporting them with individual social work and a range of other pregnancy and parenting support and education services.”

”Supporting families in the vital early years provides lasting benefit in the lives of both parent and child. A 2021 analysis commissioned by Rata Foundation found that our Young Parents Development services delivered $4 in social value for each dollar invested.”

Mike Daly, Ozanam Canterbury Charitable Trust Chair, said “we are hugely appreciative of the support of such a broad range of philanthropic supporters and organisations that have facilitated this project. Our welfare delivery has increased 25% over the past three months of 2022, and the completion of this housing project comes at a welcome time.”

“We are fortunate to be working with the experienced team at St John of God Waipuna to provide high-quality support that will enable these young families to be successful in their tenancies and to grow and develop.”

The building of the project has been facilitated by a range of organisational and private funders including the Christchurch City Council, the Rātā Foundation, the Hugo Charitable Trust.

The project is an initiative of Ozanam Canterbury Charitable Trust, a collaboration between the Society of St Vincent de Paul and St John of God Hauora Trust.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact George Anderson, General Manager Communications and Marketing on george.anderson@sjog.org.nz or 021 244 9274.

About St John of God Hauora Trust

St John of God Waipuna delivers a range of wrap-around support services focused on individual need, ranging from individual and group youth mental health counselling services, adventure-based support for at-risk youth and young people who have offended, as well as a range of services supporting young parents.

More information is available about the organisation at www.stjohnofgodannualreport.nz and www.sjog.org.nz.

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