8 July 2015
On Monday, 29 June 2015, the Youngcare Share House at Wooloowin became more than just an image in the mind of four young people with high care needs — it became a reality. This was the first viewing of their new home and there are few words that can describe (but I will give it a crack) the excitement from the soon-to-be-residents, their families, and the staff from both Wesley Mission Brisbane and Youngcare.
The memories made on that chilly Monday morning will be ones that I will cherish for a long time. Arriving at the same time as the residents and their families, I will never forget the look on the faces of these four young Aussies as they made their way through the front door to be greeted with a, “Welcome home.”
There were shouts of joy coming from everywhere within the Share House. Those same shouts of pure elation were amplified 10 times over when the four residents were with their soon to be housemates. As these young Aussies communicated with each other in their excitement, the looks on the faces of their families were priceless — a mix of happiness and relief.
When everyone assembled on the front deck for a photo, a family member suggested that instead of ‘cheese’ the photo should be taken as everyone said ‘home’. It is amazing how that one word can put a smile on so many faces.
Having worked at Youngcare since mid-2013, I can easily say that those two hours are the best that I have experienced. The looks on everyone’s faces that day easily prove to me that the hard work and long hours from the builders, all the tradies, everyone in the office, the super human efforts of our volunteers and the support from our partners and sponsors are well and truly worth it.
– Jake, Youngcare team member