At HoMie, we believe in young people. We believe homelessness is a situation you can move out of with the right opportunity and support. That's why we developed the HoMie Pathway Alliance program.
About HoMie Pathway Alliance
When HoMie started in 2015, approximately 17% of those experiencing homelessness in Melbourne were people aged 19-24. These were young people looking for work, but who were being turned away as they lacked the adequate skills, CV writing, work experiences or networks to simply 'get a job'.
The stigmas and challenges attached to homelessness also impact your opportunities and ability to get a job - don't underestimate how this would affect you confidence and wellbeing.
How it works:
In February each year, young people who are up to the challenge apply through partnered Community Support Services to participate in an 8-month paid retail internship at the HoMie Store or a HoMie Pathway Alliance trained business.
By graduation in October
HoMie interns have earned:
A certificate III in
Six months of paid
practical work experience
Eight months of
paid personal development training to build confidence and skills
A permanent place in the Homie Alumni community
We're so proud to support these amazing young people - check out the video below to hear more from our Pathway Alliance Alumni and their experience during the interships:
For HoMie's Pathway Alliance program, we partner with community support services and retail business to provide wrap-around support for each intern.
This ensures each young person is fully supported to follow this path to kickstart their working life - as seen below:
Opportunities + Support + Partnerships = Pathways To Change
Here's a quick overview of the HoMie Pathway Alliance:
We developed our VIP Days to provide young people affected by homelessness or hardship, along with their key support worker, a day where they are treated like the VIP that they are.
HoMie VIP Days are about supporting young people, increasing social connections and having a bit of fun. VIP Days provide young people with brand new items of clothing, a fresh haircut, toiletry packs (plus optional manicures!) and lunch with the HoMie team!
Apart from clothing, HoMie's aim is to provide a dignified shopping experience, increased social inclusion, and feeling of connectedness for young Australians affected by homelessness or hardship.
The best bit? It's all for free, because it's a HoMie-run initiative funded by kind people in your own community who shop at the store and align with HoMie's values.
How It Works
Since 2015, at least twelve times a year, HoMie has closed its doors to the public and invited young people connected through community support service to shop for free at the HoMie store.
If you are a community support service looking to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a young person affected by homelessness or hardship, ask your Key Support Worker or Youth Worker if they are partnered with HoMie.
A Word From Services We've Worked With:
Inclusive, safe and friendly space. I fell that it is also worth mentioning that for some of the young people who attended, it was their first time receiving items such as deodorant and other hygiene products which was extremely valuable for the. It was really beautiful to see the young people walk out of HoMie with their heads held high, a sense of confidence and massive smiles on their faces.Savlation Army, North/West Metro, December 2019
I was very impressed with teh VIP Day... the staff were so engaging with the young people and it was genuine. Well done to HoMie and all involved. I encourage there to be more social enterprises like this that encourage, support and train young people with a focus on providing positive outcomes that will make a difference in their lives.WOMBAT, April 2019
Obviously the fact that everyone took home new clothes and beauty products was fantastic, but it was also great to see everyone having a genuine conversation and engaging with each other in a really positive environment. Seeing someone who had a bad week have it all changed around through a nice haircut and a whole new wardrobe was fantastic to see.Youth Projects, May 2019
Interested in being involved?
Are you a community support service?
Please email email@example.com
Are you a young person affected by homelessness or hardship?
Ask your Key Support Worker or Youth Worker if they are partnered with HoMie.
Are you looking to volunteer / donate?
You can donate directly online, or get in touch if you'd like to chat about volunteering.