reconnecting families with Ruby’s Reunification program.
Zac is back on track after working with Ruby’s team
Relationships are never without their troubles, especially when it comes to family.
For young people aged 12 to 17 who are, for one reason or another, experiencing difficulties with their families, Ruby’s Reunification program provides a vital intermediary support system to help them through these vulnerable times.
The program involves family counselling, and alternative accommodation if the young person needs to spend some nights away from home. By having this support, and space, it helps to resolve conflict and improve relationships in the long-term between a young person and their parents or caregivers.
Zak is one of the young people who made use of Ruby’s, and knows how life-changing it can be.
‘My parents and I had started arguing a bit. Mum found out about the Ruby’s house so I stayed there for a few weeks while we sorted things out.’
He says that having some time away from each other was what the family needed, and that ‘things have gotten better and we’re getting along better.’
There are currently four Ruby’s houses, located in Enfield, Thebarton, Edwardstown and Mt Gambier, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each offers a safe and comfortable environment, and looks and feels like a typical family home.
Young people in the program are strongly encouraged to stay engaged with the service after their stay. Zak has remained connected through Ruby’s social basketball team ‘United’, who he plays with every Monday night.
‘The people at Ruby’s were great. I met some other guys there, too, and we’re mates now.’
Through the support of Ruby’s, Zak has not only worked things through with his family, he is also now part of the Ruby’s Advisory Group, a program where former clients participate in and provide advice on the operation of the service. The group was recognised in 2017 for their volunteer service by his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, at a reception at Government House.
Thank you for helping young people like Zak not just find their feet, but become incredible leaders to their peers!
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