The Salvation Army’s Crossroads West youth homelessness program won several awards at the recent Children, Youth and Families in WA awards night, held in Perth.
Communities case manager, Natasha,* won the Child Protection Family Support Communities Award, and Montana,* who worked from Broome to Kununurra in the remote Kimberley region, took out the Rising Star Award.
Crossroads West has been responding to youth homelessness in WA for almost 30 years, serving young people from as young as 12 years of age to early adulthood. The service is now transitioning to focus on the 15–25 age group from July 2019.
In Perth, Crossroads West operates two medium- to long-term premises for young people in care, with 14 places between the two homes. There are also crisis centres in Karratha, 1,500 km north of Perth, and Kalgoorlie.
Yvonne Hunt, Crossroads West network director, said the team believes in the work they are doing through The Salvation Army to help create a “better narrative for the lives of these young people”.
“It’s a privilege to work with these young people, to be able to give them some sort of vision, hope to get up each day, and to see many of them move on to success,” she said.
“We have to make it better for these growing numbers of young people in care. We have a long way to go, and through The Salvation Army who has been caring for children for more than 100 years, we will continue to do all we can to help change lives.”