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Lighthouse Foundation Honda Home Opens Its Doors In Melbourne’s North

26 November, 2008 - A new Lighthouse Foundation “Honda Home” begins operating this week, providing long term accommodation in the northern region of Melbourne for a group of young people who would otherwise be homeless.

The Home is the result of Honda Australia making a significant contribution over three years to establish a residence through the Foundation, the biggest contribution the company has ever made to one charitable organisation.

Honda donated funds have been earmarked specifically to support, run and administer the home which is located approximately 30 minutes from the City. The residence has now been leased, furnished and staffed with a full time carer.

The Lighthouse Live-in Care Program provides disadvantaged young people with a stable family environment, living together with a full-time carer who provides constant emotional and practical support.

Honda Home residents - aged 15 to 22 - are further supported by volunteers who assist them in dealing with daily and long term issues.

While the Lighthouse program is highly unique and extremely successful, the level of care provided is not possible without corporate financial support.

According to Honda’s Managing Director Stuart Strickland, the work the Foundation does is incredibly beneficial to the community.

“I’m proud to be part of something that gives young people the chance to realise their dreams,” said Mr Strickland.

“When we saw how much demand there was for the Lighthouse programs in Victoria, we realised one of the most directly valuable activities we could do would be to create an entirely new home.”

Youth homelessness is worse now than it was 20 years ago, with nearly half of all homeless people in Australia under 24 years old, according to the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness conducted earlier this year.

“We’re thrilled that the Honda Home is opening its doors,” said Lighthouse CEO Kane Bowden. 

“By the end of this month four young people will engage in a life changing opportunity that would not have been possible without Honda’s support.”

“This is our very first home in the northern region and we plan to create additional Lighthouse homes in this part of Melbourne in the coming years.”

Representatives for the Honda Home will make their first appearance on behalf of the Foundation on Sunday, December 7th at the Broadmeadows ‘Carols by Candlelight’, starring well known entertainer Ronda Burchmore. The event attracts thousands of festive participants each year.

Honda Home ambassadors will be selling carol songbooks for $2 each as well as collecting gold coin donations.

Each person who buys a songbook will be entered into the draw to win a Honda CRF50 mini bike, and all money raised will go directly toward household items and activities for the young people who reside in the home.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Lighthouse activities can approach representatives at the event or visit: www.lighthousefoundation.org.au