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Thank you, every one of you, for making our campaign to build Home STREAT Home such an amazing success. And because of all your wonderful support we are thrilled to announce that:

Home STREAT Home is now up and running!

Yes, we've all moved into Cromwell Street, our first class of young trainees has started, the bakery and coffee roastery are being commissioned, the catering kitchen is firing, the cafe is being fitted out and our chefs are developing a delicious Spring menu, which means we:

Open to the public in mid September!

Huge thanks to you for helping make that happen. We are so grateful for your support and super excited about the future, here's why.

Every single night 44,000 young Australians have no place to call home.

The majority are desperately looking for work, but without the necessary skills and experience they’re destined for long-term unemployment. We see their issues. We see them. And we see pure potential!

STREAT exists to stop youth homelessness and disadvantage

Established as a not for profit social enterprise, STREAT currently runs seven hospitality businesses including cafes, catering and coffee roasting. We are dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth with opportunities to learn hospitality skills through a range of different programs including short courses, a Certificate II program and work experience. Our Youth Programs team also support each trainee through the tough personal issues they face along the way.

We’re bursting at the seams

We pushed our first little food cart onto Federation Square on March 15, 2010 and that same day welcomed our first 9 young people. Since then we’ve expanded significantly and supported over 450 young people – the majority going on to pursue careers in hospitality as well as further education in other fields. But we’re now bursting at the seams and have waiting lists for all our programs. This is not surprising considering one in ten Australians will experience homelessness. We desperately need larger classrooms and training spaces to fit all the young people who want to come to STREAT.

So we’re building a new home - called Home STREAT Home

For a couple of years now, with the help of many very generous people, we’ve been building a huge new home in Collingwood. The architects have designed a warm and welcoming home with some awesome indoor and outdoor spaces. The builders are still hammering away, the walls are taking shape and we are getting so close to the finish line…

When we’re done, Home STREAT Home will give us enough space to train, support and give work experience to three times the number of disadvantaged young people than we can today. At the moment we help around 120 young people a year, so supporting one disadvantaged youth each day, or 365 a year, is a huge increase! Young people will be trained in our new artisan bakery, our new catering kitchen, our new coffee roastery, and our new cafe. And they’ll be able to do anything from short courses to full apprenticeships.

Jacques Reymond, multi-award winning chef and restaurateur , thinks our programs are fantastic. And he knows all about the transformational power of hospitality training.

But most importantly this site will give our young people a ‘home away from home’ – a place to belong. For many of the disadvantaged young people we help, this is one of the most important things we can give them, and something they’ve sadly not had before. A sense of home. Somewhere they are free to be themselves and feel safe. Somewhere to belong.

But we need your help to finish it off!

We are nearly ready to open the doors of Home STREAT Home to dozens of young people, and we will also be opening our doors to you and your loved ones. But we need to raise $100,000 to put the finishing touches on the café, gardens and youth spaces to ensure they’re ready for business; ready to welcome 365 young trainees and ready for you to come for a cuppa or meal with your loved ones.

Please help us build Home STREAT Home so we can triple our impact

We'd love your support. You could purchase your favorite perk or make a donation (they're tax deductible). It would be greatly appreciated.

May 2016. Home STREAT Home, 66 Cromwell Street Collingwood.

How did we get to this point?

There are a bunch of wonderful people and organisations we would like to say a huge thank you to for their incredible support and in particular for believing in our Home STREAT Home dream - and then making it happen!

They feature in our break-ground photo from May 2015.

The stars of the show, from the left in high-vis vests, are:

Alex Oppes from Social Ventures Australia, Deyrick Upton from Bread Solutions, Geoff Harris - who gifted the site to STREAT, Bec Scott, Corinne Proske formerly of NAB, Simon O'Brien from Six Degrees Architects, Howard McCorkell from McCorkell Constructions, Lea-Anne Bradley from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Carolyn Scott (Bec's mum - no vest) and Brendon Allman from McCorkells.

Here are a few more construction shots.

Marnie Morieson from Six Degrees and the McCorkells team.

Hot off the press!

We are thrilled that our friends at Gandel Philanthropy have generously offered to match the first $30,000 donated to the campaign. So if you get in quick, every dollar you contribute will be doubled. Light speed friends. Get on board.

And some more great news ...

Is our delicious Friends of STREAT Cookbook deal. Buy 3 and get 1 free!

All for just $207 - saving you $69!

Why not buy your Christmas, birthday, corporate or personal gifts in one hit now and do a whole lot of good this year. It is a beautiful 320 page hard cover book - featuring recipes and stories of 45 celebrated chefs and restaurants.

Here's a selection of the restaurants featured:

Cookie, Cutler & Co., Donnini's, Donovan's, Hampton Wine Co., Hellenic Republic, L'Hotel Gitan, Maha, Matteo's, MoVida, Red Spice Road, Royal Mail Hotel, Ten Minutes by Tractor, The Lake House and Zumbo

We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks and undying gratitude to the following wonderful supporters who have made our new Home STREAT Home a reality.

Major funding partners: Geoff Harris, Breadsolutions, Ian Potter Foundation, TK Foundation, Greenlight Foundation / Sornem Private Wealth, Westpac Foundation, Fidelity Foundation (UK), Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Jack & Ethel Goldin Foundation, NAB, Social Ventures Australia.

Building and construction partners: Six Degrees Architects, McCorkell Constructions, DLA Piper, Crowe Horwath, Slattery, Brookfield Multiplex, Eymac.

Campaign supporters: Jacques Reymond, Reymond Communications, Gandel Philanthropy, SEEK, Dixon Appointments, Zendesk, Target, Entertain Think Inspire (ETI), Third Cache and artist Alex Hotchin.

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Team Members

Naomi Barson

Bec Scott

Ian Johnson

Lauren Redgrave

Tate Soller