Parkview Group funds home for at-risk young people in South West Sydney
November 2018 NSW
This month we announced that construction company Parkview Constructions will fund the Foundation’s next home for at-risk young people. The 6-bedroom home, called PIF House Parkview, to be built in Macarthur Heights, and owned and run by Aboriginal charity KARI, will house five young people leaving foster care at a time and a live-in carer.
At Parkview Construction’s Gala 21st anniversary celebration this week attended by more than 500 Property Industry leaders, Property Industry Foundation National Chair, Bob Johnston, and CEO, Kate Mills, accepted a cheque for $300,000 from Parkview Executive Chairman Tony Touma. The cheque is the first contribution to the PIF Building Fund with PIF House Parkview the first house that will be built from the fund.
Mr Touma said “When the opportunity to help fund the development of a new house arose, we were excited for the prospect of giving back in a tangible way. We have been overwhelmed by the support of our Suppliers, Sub-Contractors and Partners in assisting with our cause.”
Ms Mills said the home was a crucial resource for young people leaving foster care as government support for such young people and their foster families ends when they turn 18.
“We know that within the first year of leaving foster care, 35 per cent of young people are homeless, 29 per cent are unemployed and 46 per cent of males are involved in the juvenile justice system,” she said. “So, the importance of this home to the local community cannot be underestimated and we acknowledge the great investment in our youth that Parkview Group is making.”
Mr Touma said that for 21 years, Parkview has built a strong reputation within the property sector, becoming one of Australia’s leading construction companies.
“We appreciate the support we have received over those years and value the relationships we have built; thus, it was important to us to give back to the industry and community that has built us up to where we are today,” he said.
Young people living in the house will be provided support and mentoring to build independent living skills, find employment and transition back into the community. Support staff will liaise with potential employers, landlords, community organizations and support services in order to build a strong network around the residents and fully prepare them for the transition into a successful adulthood, which will include independent living for some and supportive accommodation for others.
A counsellor will support all youth with various issues relating to mental health, behavioural issues, trauma, violence and various disabilities.