Care at hand for mothers

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 20-Dec-2017

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THE gifts have been rolling in for young mothers and their children in need.

Caregivers have donated essential household items, vouchers and toys to go the mother and baby unit, a new initiative of St John of God Health Care’s Horizon House Young Mother and Baby Program.

The service’s four-bedroom residential facility is now open.

The program supports young women aged between 16 and 22 who are experiencing or are at serious risk of homelessness during their pregnancy and up to the child’s third birthday.

It is one of St John of God’s social outreach services, aimed at areas of unmet need.

The services are available to all members of the community free of charge or at minimal cost.

St John of God’s Ros Fahey said Bendigo had been chosen as the first location in Victoria for the program because the level of need was found to be greater than in other regional centres that were under consideration.

“The program is structured to provide early intervention,” Ms Fahey said.

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