The Safe Haven Food Bank / Youth Factory

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.
Pilgrim Complex
Paterson St. Launceston
Tasmania 7250.

P.O. Box 105
Kingsmeadows, Tasmania
7249.
www.thesafehaven
office@thesafehaven.org

Phone / Fax 63 312212

Concept conceived and endorsed by the board of directors
July 1999
 




 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.

THE ORGANISATION
Safe Haven is a Christian based youth outreach service dedicated to reaching and assisting at-risk street
and homeless youth in Tasmania.

MAJOR SUPPORTERS
The pilgrim Uniting Church Launceston has provided an initial donation of $500.00 since incorporation.
They have also provided free office space and use of all facilities (Pilgrim Centre) at the Launceston
headquarters of the Pilgrim group.

PAST SUPPORTERS / SPONSERS
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.

VOLENTEER INVOLVEMENT

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.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Safe Haven estimate 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.

SUSTAINABILITY
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.

FUNDING SOURCES
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.

OPERATING BUDGET
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.

SUMMARY
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.
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.

 

THIS IMPORTANT AND MONEY MAKING VENTURE WILL FUND THE
SUPPLY AND BUILDING OF HOMES FOR THE MANY STREET KIDS OF
TASMANIA AND THE FUNDING OF SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE FUTURE . . . . . . . .

IT IS SO VERY BADLY NEEDED BECAUSE .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .

"KIDS DON'T LIVE ON THE STREETS - THEY DIE THERE"

HOW CAN YOU HELP ???

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