A house alone is not a home – it’s about so much more than providing just a roof for homeless young people. Our houses are designed to be typical family homes in every sense of the word. From the outside, a Lighthouse home looks like any other house in an ordinary suburban street. From the moment you walk in, they instantly feel welcoming. And it’s not just the beautiful soft furnishings or colourful décor – although both help. There’s something else. The space is authentic and is a genuine reflection of the carers and young people who live there. Photo frames adorn the walls, fridges are covered in notes and certificates, a pair of shoes are in the corner, a blanket on the couch, and perhaps even a coffee cup or two left on the table.
Our homes evoke a sense of comfort for our young people as their identity is sprinkled throughout each room – a safe and loving space for them to begin their healing journey. Donations of furniture, homewares and clothing are accepted by the Foundation on the condition that they are brand new only. This demonstrates to the young people that they are worthy of new possessions, respected and valued.