Fusion Mornington Peninsula
Who is Fusion?
Located in the old Army Barracks in Mt Martha, Fusion provide the only housing service on the Mornington Peninsula, available to young people (15-21) experiencing homelessness. The live-in mentors provide a sense of stability and a family like environment for young people to begin to heal and uncover the best version of themselves. During their stay, residents learn life skills such as: cooking, maintaining a household, budgeting and time management.
Part of their program is to connect residents to networks in the community, based on the philosophy that all people have a fundamental need for community and purpose. By providing early interventions to youth within our program, Fusion seeks to address many issues that trigger long-term homelessness.
Fusion also run a number of youth programs and camps; developing resiliency, self-confidence, identity and addressing social issues such as: inclusive and diverse communities, home and belonging, conflict resolution, Aboriginal reconciliation, refugees and asylum seekers and many more. One of their most powerful camps is the annual Pilgrimage to Uluru.
Why are we partnering?
Tonight more than 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness. 42% are under the age of 25. Evidence also shows that if you experience homelessness in your youth, you are far more likely to experience it in your adult life.
The team at Fusion are ensuring that young people are housed, supported and empowered to become functioning members of society, withstanding the challenges of life.
Their model helps young people to thrive, ensuring their experience of homelessness doesn’t define their future.
This work relies on the generosity of our community and the commitment of their full-time volunteer staff, who have given everything to care for these young people.
What are we currently working on?
Together with some of our generous supporters, we helped the residents of their housing service feel valued, renovating the downstairs bathrooms. Click here to see video.
In the near future we hope to work with the team to provide more short- medium stay accommodation for young mums and their children experiencing homelessness.
Throughout this pandemic the team continue to provide a safe place for young people experiencing homelessness, supporting young people and their families before they reach a point of crisis.
With the rise in domestic violence, the team are delivering online youth programs to care for young people; navigating what it now means to hear domestic violence and conflict in real time.
$20,000 is needed to House and Support at risk young people during this pandemic.