Trades and suppliers of Boutique Homes have hallmarked a celebratory milestone event in the scenic Tulliallan estate in Cranbourne North as the new purpose-built charity home nears ready to house those in need.
We proudly handed over the foster care home to OzChild, the largest provider of foster care in the South Metropolitan region on Tuesday 26 September.
The specially modified version of Boutique Homes’ 32 square ‘Riviera’ home will provide temporary care for some of the region’s most vulnerable children as part of OzChild’s Let’s Stay Together program.
This is the first home of its kind, designed and built for OzChild to create a warm and welcoming environment. The house will become a home for siblings who might otherwise be separated, and their carer.
The five bedroom, three bathroom home features open plan living, dining and kitchen, a separate home theatre and extended outdoor living space with a neutral and light colour palette.
The handover event allowed trades, suppliers, Boutique Homes and OzChild staff as well as the new tenants a chance to come together and see the final house, soon to house foster parents Kris and Rick and their children in the coming month.
Upon accepting the home, Chief Executive Officer of OzChild Lisa J. Griffiths said it has been a wonderful commitment by Boutique Homes, their staff and their suppliers to build this house so they can support a sibling group who would otherwise have to be split up.
‘Most people can't keep more than one child in their foster care, they have their own children often, and it becomes very difficult. This amazing couple said they want to keep this family intact; they have two children of their own and now three foster siblings in their care. They also recently learned that there was a young boy of 14, so they said they would love for him to join their family’ Lisa said.
‘So they are not your typical people, they are what you would call altruistic people. What I'm pleased to tell you all today is that’s what all of you are as well. The willingness to do things that brings advantage to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself is altruism…every one of you who has participated in this project has been altruistic.’
Managing Directior of ABN Group Victoria Aidan Hooper said we’re extremely proud to have completed this very special home for OzChild, which will provide temporary care for children and young people when it’s most needed.
‘What I’d like to focus on in just a few words is the people who put this house together, we are a building company which means were an organiser of trades and suppliers; we don’t necessarily do all the work ourselves. If it weren’t for our suppliers and partners and the people we work with, this house wouldn’t be here.’
For over 160 years, OzChild has been committed to the protection of Australia’s most vulnerable and at-risk children.
OzChild supports over 6,000 children, young people and families every year with services that extend to disability respite, education and therapeutic support.
To learn more about the organisation and their charitable work click here.