Junction Connect November 2018

November 27, 2018

Season's Greetings

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A Celebration of Strengths by Sharon J

When Sharon found a stable home, she also discovered a talent she didn’t know she had.

“I had never painted before but I was given some brushes so one day, when I felt settled, I started painting,” Junction tenant Sharon said. “I had been living in a shelter (Western Adelaide Domestic Violence Service) so getting housing through Junction was a new start.”

Twelve months on Sharon, a mother-of-five, is the winner of our inaugural 2018 tenant Christmas Card competition.

She says the winning entry, her painting ‘A Celebration of Strengths’, reflects her inner strength and overcoming adversity to find contentment.

“My lifetime of experiences has led me to see things differently,” Sharon says. “It’s amazing how much painting and art changes how you look at things. Now I see flowers and I see all the colours in them.

“I think of something and I draw and then paint with acrylics. I like lots of warmth. The strength of women is something I tend to bring out.”

Hard copy Christmas cards (with envelopes) featuring Sharon’s painting are available from our Adelaide Office from Monday December 3 for a gold coin donation. 

Drop by or give us a call on (08) 8203 5700.

Home Sweet Home

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Jane with Tenancy Officer Liz

Jane had always wanted to own a home of her own but had given up hoping it would happen.

After living in private rental most her life, she joined a co-op, attracted by more affordable rent and secure tenancy.

“The flexible rental arrangements enabled me to study to re-gain my registered nursing qualifications, giving me another phase of working life,” Jane said.

When the co-op ended, Junction took over management of the house. A variety of circumstances allowed Jane to think she could buy the property.

She has now purchased the home she has been living in for the past decade.

The Peterhead property, which settled on October 10, has a small garden and two bedrooms – one which Jane, who is also a freelance editor, uses as a study.

Junction CEO Maria Palumbo said while it was not common or always possible for tenants to purchase the homes they are living in, it was a fantastic outcome for Jane.

“Liz, Jane’s tenancy officer as well as our development and asset team have worked very closely with Jane to make this a reality and we are thrilled to see that she is happy and able to achieve what was really, a life-time dream for her,” Ms Palumbo said.

While her home is comfortable and cosy, Jane said it is the location and community which she loves most of all.

“I walk on the beach a lot, I love walking by the river, I go kayaking around the port and swimming in the beach in summer,” she said.

“More than anything, I love the people I’ve met here. They’re a bunch of really interesting people who I have shared values with. I have always felt very welcome.

 “When the chance came up to buy the home, I was immediately keen. It means more than a house. It’s my home, my community and my neighbourhood.”

Variety Supports KI Youth Space

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Junction’s Maree Baldwin and Kirsty Drew with Luba Alexander from Adelaide Brighton Cement

A new dedicated space for youth managed by Junction in Kingscote has been boosted by the generosity of Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Variety has provided Junction with a $25,000 grant for furniture and internal fit outs to support the completion of the Kangaroo Island Youth Hub.

The grant was presented at a fundraising dinner hosted by Junction, the Kangaroo Island Council and Variety at the Kingscote Town Hall.

More than 130 people attended the event which showcased food and beverages from local entrepreneurs and included a formal three course-dinner and auction.

Junction CEO Maria Palumbo said the Variety grant was invaluable to the creation of a place young people wanted to be part of.

“As a result of this investment, we are able to start the process of talking with young people, focusing on those aged between 12 and 16, to refine what they want, work together to design the space and start building and furnishing the area within the Centre,” Junction General Manager, Community Services Kirsty Drew said.

The idea of a dedicated youth space came out of the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia’s Young People on Kangaroo Island Consultation Reports contracted by the Officer of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island. 

In the report, which focused on challenges and opportunities facing local young people, those consulted identified the need for an indoor, safe, recreational area including books, WiFi, a place for television and movies, video games and a ‘chill out’ zone.

New Housing Leader

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New General Manager, David Burton

David Burton has joined the Junction team starting this week as our new General Manager – Housing Services.

David has most recently worked for Stockland in Sydney where, as National Manager, Business Development and Capital Transactions, he was responsible for the growth of the company’s residential business.

Prior to this David has held a number of senior roles at market leading development companies locally and interstate including Peet; Colliers International; Metro Property Development and Devine.

Passionate about urban renewal and creating strong, connected communities, David has extensive experience and a strong track record in development management; capital acquisitions; planning, design and importantly, leading high performing teams. He is ideally positioned to drive the strategic direction, management and growth of our property portfolio.

David, who is originally from Adelaide and is a mad Crows fan, has moved back to SA with his wife Serena and children Sofia, 2, and Summer, 6 months.

Smartline Support

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(R to L) Richard Bradshaw, Andrew, Michael Karp (Smartline Franchisee), Conrad Evans (Smartline Franchisee)

Earlier this month, Junction Senior Manager Andrew Cockington accepted a cheque on behalf of our community services team for $3,000 from Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers.

The money comprised donations from a recent Smartline Lender Acknowledgement Day with additional funds contributed from Smartline.

This generosity will translate to us being able to provide young people in our care - most who have been through significant trauma - with a range of much-needed items including bedding as well as other support to help make their lives better

Our Impact

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2017-18 Annual Report

As one of the State’s leading non-denominational social enterprise, Junction positively impacted the lives of more than 8,500 South Australians last year through our residential care and therapeutic support; domestic violence services, homelessness programs; mentoring, counselling, community centres and, our affordable and social housing.

Read our 2017-18 annual report here.

New Base To Reach Out On Fleurieu

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Junction staff from the Goolwa office

Junction now has a new base to reach out to tenants and clients on the Fleurieu.

From Monday, December 3, staff will move into a new premises on Cadell Street at Goolwa, just two doors from the existing office site.

CEO Maria Palumbo said the move would better equip staff to support clients and tenants from the region.

“Over the past five years, Junction’s presence in the Fleurieu has grown considerably,” Ms Palumbo said. “We now manage more than 240 properties in the area through our housing services and provide around 330 locals each year with help through our homelessness and domestic violence services and programs.

“This is in addition to a range of community development initiatives and programs we run across the area including those in partnership with Government and other community organisations such as education around drug and alcohol misuse and suicide prevention.”

Ms Palumbo said Junciton’s Fleurieu presence also included Kangaroo Island.

“While our staff carry out a lot of their work in communities and neighbourhoods, it is important for the organisation to have a place where clients and tenants can attend for face-to-face help and support.

“The new Goolwa office comprises our housing and community support services which is also really important for a wholistic approach – so if and when needed, we can provide co-ordinated support to those who need our help or link them to other services.”

The office will be officially opened closer to Christmas. 

Unmasking Dv Event Evokes Emotion And Action

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Carolyn Power MP with key note speaker, Vanessa Fowler

Ending domestic violence is up to every one of us.

That message was loud and clear when almost 200 people gathered for our Not So Pretty: Unmasking Domestic Violence event at Adelaide Oval on September 27th.

A wave of emotion flowed through the crowd, including around 40 of our own staff, as key note speaker Vanessa Fowler spoke about her sister, Allison Baden-Clay’s abuse and death at the hands of her (Allison’s) husband. Vanessa talked about the impact of Allison’s death on their family, the signs they missed and how they are now creating a  positive legacy from the most heart-wrenching experience.

Vanessa’s presentation was followed by Shaan Ross-Smith, director of the MATE Bystander program, who provided some practical tips on abuse indicators – many which aren’t physical – and how we can intervene safely when we see or suspect someone is a a victim.

Our CEO Maria Palumbo emceed the event and Assisting Minister for Family and Domestic Violence Prevention, Carolyn Power MP provided opening remarks.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event. If you missed it, you can listen to presentations via this audio link.

With Gratitude

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A handwritten card from Coromandel Quilters

Last but definitely not least, a big thank you to Jane and our friends at the Coromandel Quilters for their generous card and donation towards our child protection and domestic violence services.