SAFE HAVEN OUTREACH INC.
Proposed Youth Factory / Food Bank Complex
The board of directors and members of The Safe Haven Outreach Inc.
take great pleasure in presenting below a proposal for the setting up and operating of the
above community complex
This complex is aimed at placing unemployed, at risk and non-main stream education youth
into productive and community supportive activities.
The Safe Haven Outreach Inc.
102 Wellington St. Launceston
P.O. Box 3005
Phone 63 312212 Fax 63 312212
Mobile 0427 312212
SAFE HAVEN OUTREACH INC. Est. 1999
Safe Haven is a Christian based youth outreach service dedicated to reaching and assisting at-risk street and homeless youth in Tasmania.
The Pilgrim Uniting Church Launceston provided an initial loan of $500.00 since
They have also provided office space and use of all facilities (Pilgrim Centre) at the Launceston headquarters of the Pilgrim group.
Funds have been provided by the founer to establish the FACTORY & FOOD BANK through a gift of $110,000.00 to cover the establishment costs -
PAST SUPPORTERS / SPONSORS
Coca Cola Amatil Tasmania, Rotree Nominees (iPrimus) Launceston, Blue Ribbon Meats, Goodies Food Supplies, Bakers Dozen, McDonald's South Launceston, Pizza Pit, Tiger Models, JMC Motor Company, Routley's Stores.
Safe Haven currently operate on a budget of less than $26,500.00 per year for outreach on the streets of Tasmania and are a "Registered Gift Recipient Charity" and "Income Tax Exempt Charity" listed with the Australian Tax Office.
THE YOUTH FACTORY / FOOD BANK
Safe Haven is working toward establishing an education facility for at risk youth.
This establishment will be operated as an auto workshop.
The workshop will involve the repair of vehicles damaged as a result of unlawful activities by youth offenders, as well as the repair and sale of donated vehicles along with a small furniture restoration workshop & retail outlet.
The project is expected to generate sufficient income after twelve months of operation to be self-sustaining.
The establishment of this project has been discussed and supported by Tasmanian Education Department officers and court officials.
This facility will be (with assistance from appropriate parties) listed as a court appointed, work order registered area, to enable offenders to repair and detail vehicles stolen and/or damaged.
The complex will also house a Food Bank to assist the needy of our State with their nutritional needs being met until they are able to care for themselves.
This activity has been discussed with the appropriate health authorities including local council officers who have supplied Safe Haven with guidelines and have shown enthusiastic support for the project.
OBJECTIVES & DELIVERY
The object of the workshop is to provide an alternate education facility to at risk youth, whilst providing an opportunity for offenders to serve community service orders (work orders). This will allow participants to gain self-esteem and confidence, with the long-term goal of allowing the participants to progress into a trade/ traineeship leading to full time employment.
There is no similar facility established in Tasmania but like projects have proven extremely successful (New South Wales and Victoria), established and operated by Christian based out-reach groups.
The object of the Food Bank facility is to provide on-going support to individuals, families and established services providers.
The aim of the joint project is to deliver a safe, secure, supervised and without risk to health environment for the participants with the view of establishing a positive interface between the participants and the operators while integrating the participants with the community.
Safe Haven have established a base of over 20 committed volunteers who have previously engaged in other and on going out-reach projects. These volunteers come from various professional backgrounds including trades persons, solicitors, professional youth workers and teachers.
BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT TO THE TASMANIAN COMMUNITY
The benefits that Safe Haven are aiming to deliver through this project include amongst others; the ongoing reduction in street crime/ property damage particularly within the Launceston CBD. This would clearly have positive security implications involving users of public spaces as well as to the business community.
With relation to Food Bank, Safe Haven believes that if the needy are satisfied in this area that this will help to greatly reduce pillage (current average in Tasmania is 15.57% (Retail World September 2000)) at retail store levels and therefore increase returns to the retail sector in the form of gross profit.
This also will help eliminate the time and cost of public money associated with gaining court orders to have "repeat offenders" banned from retail outlets and the CBD area.
The on-flow benefits associated with these projects will directly affect the well being of up to 400 families, with the opportunity to reach many hundreds more.
Initially the number of people that the project is expected to affect is all participants and clients accessing our service, with the flow on effect benefiting the wider community. Therefore, this project has the potential to benefit many individuals and communities through out the State.
PROJECT MANANGEMENT AND ORGANISATION
The Board utilising the software program Profit-Vision retail scanning system with the direct link to the MYOB Accounting System shall manage the Food Bank project's financial accountability.
The Youth Factory will be managed in the same way utilising existing accountability structures of the organisation.
The on going projects will be closely monitored and evaluated on a quarterly basis by the Safe Haven board to access effectiveness and impact of the projects on all stakeholders.
Safe Haven has been involved in food, clothing, furniture and bedding distribution from our previous Batten Street and Boland Street premises.
Safe Haven have estimated that with financial support of $100,000.00 they will establish the listed projects and become self sufficient and self financing while creating ongoing employment for the at risk youth involved in the projects within 1 year.
As detailed above, it is expected that the joint project will be self-sufficient within 12 months from the profits made from the sales and distribution of donated food product to service agencies and the sale of donated and repaired vehicles.
Up to this point in time, Safe Haven have received no grants or funding other than from the founder's own resources and a few small donations.
We propose the rental / lease of a property within 5Klm. Of the Launceston CBD for the purpose of establishing part one of the overall plans.
How can you help us achieve our goals ??
By supporting our work as set out on the web pages at www.vision.net.au/~solutions/food/