About the HoMie Pathway Alliance
We all remember the terror of getting your first job. The endless applications, CV re-writes, interviews, the rejections! Imagine if you didn’t have anyone to help coach you through all that, to help you nail your first interview, to help you get there on-time, or just generally support you through the challenging process. Or perhaps you had a family friend who knew a guy, who knew a guy, to get you your first job (lucky you!).
When we started HoMie in 2015, approximately 17% of those experiencing homelessness in Melbourne were young 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, and don’t underestimate how this would affect your confidence and wellbeing.
At HoMie, we believe in young people. We understand that 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.
The HoMie Pathway Alliance is HoMie’s own accredited retail training and education paid internship for young people, aged 16-25, affected by homelessness or hardship.
In February each year, young people who are up to the challenge, apply through a partnered Community Support Services to participate in an eight-month paid retail internship at the HoMie Street Store or a HoMie Pathway Alliance trained business.
By graduation in October
HoMie interns have earned:
A Certificate III in retail operations
Six months of paid practical work experience
Eight months of paid personal development training to build con fidence 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 internship:
For HoMie’s Pathway Alliance program, HoMie partners with community support services and retail businesses 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
Want a quick overview of the HoMie Pathway Alliance? This video explains the ins and outs:
HoMie VIP Shopping Days
About The HoMie VIP Shopping Days
Picture this: a store has closed just for you. Not only that, but your very own personal shopper helps you select brand-new clothes to reflect your personal style, a hairdresser is there to give you that fresh cut, you take home a toiletry pack of self-care goodies; and to top it off you can opt to get your nails done. Big yes.
The best bit? It’s all for free, because it’s a HoMie-ran initiative funded by kind people in your own community who shop at the store and align with HoMie’s values.
We developed our VIP Shopping 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!
How It Works
Twelve times a year since our first VIP Shopping Day in June 2015, HoMie has closed its doors to the public and invited young people connected through community support services to shop for free at the HoMie Street Store.
Each VIP shopper is welcomed into our store for a day of pampering and fun. Young people receive five free items of brand-new HoMie clothing, haircuts, beauty services, and lunch with our friendly team.
Apart from clothing, HoMie provides a dignified shopping experience, increased social inclusion, and feelings of connectedness for young Melburnians affected by homelessness or hardship.
A Word From Services We've Worked With
Inclusive, safe and friendly space. I feel 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 invaluable for them. 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 face.Salvation Army - North/West Metro, December 2019
I was very impressed with the VIP Day...The staff were so engaging with the young people and it was genuine. Well done to HoMie & 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 packs 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 a re partnered with HoMie.