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Mission Australia's Reconnect Toowoomba is a federally funded, community-based program supporting young people between 12 - 18 who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Reconnect aims to improve a vulnerable young person’s level of engagement with family, work, education, training and their local community. The program is delivered by Newly Arrived Youth Specialists, volunteers and social workers.
In Queensland, the program operates in Toowoomba and the Gold Coast. The vulnerable and disadvantaged young people Reconnect works with face a variety of issues including:
- Unstable accommodation and housing
- Poverty and financial hardship
- Domestic violence
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Parental unemployment
- Disengagement from education
- Mental and physical health issues
- Challenges of being a newly arrived refugee, and a survivor of torture and trauma.
Many people in the program live in areas lacking appropriate housing, including crisis housing. Without a stable home environment, young people and their families are at a higher risk of long-term homelessness.
Reconnect ensures young people and their families are provided with access to a wide variety of networks and services including:
- Education programs and services
- Centrelink and employment services
- Housing and accommodation services
- Life skills development programs
- Mental health and other health services
- Parenting support and education programs.