We saved the Farm
Homestead for Youth hitches their wagon to a forever home - The Farm Gates Are Staying Open
Founders of the residential youth support service Homestead For Youth, Carla and Martin Fadelli announced that they have successfully raised the money to buy a 150-acre property in rural Western Australia. Funds to buy the farm seemed elusive until a surprise investor, a miraculous outpour of community support and a successful crowd funding campaign took off and came to the attention of last minute generous donors.
Carla and Martin founded Homestead For Youth in 2014 in response the alarming rates of youth suicide, particularly in rural Australia. They believe that by creating the optimal environment for growth and recovery, young people and their families can strengthen and heal. Services offered at Homestead include Equine therapy, family and individual counselling, residential care, car restoration programmes and not to forget the unique H4Y Therapy & Animal farm, tailored to the needs of young people and their families.
The need to secure a permanent home for the service became pressing during 2020 when they couldn’t finalise the funds for the sale of the rural property they moved on to in 2017. This ignited Homesteads crowdfunding campaign to ‘Keep the Farm Gates Open’ which led to speaking opportunities, donations, awards and ultimately a private investor and private donors with a passion for Homestead’s work. ‘It’s an incredible feeling to reach this point in the Homestead journey’ says cofounder Martin Fadelli, ‘while we never wavered in our commitment to reduce youth suicide and support youth in crisis, we did sometimes wonder if we would ever find a permanent base for our service’.
It has taken the work of an entire community to get to this point. Supporters come to Homestead from all walks of life, drawn by the belief that everyone has a role in creating a better world for young people. Residential Manager Angelique du Toit feels that the best thing about Homestead is ‘the wholehearted investment we make in the lives of young people and their families, that plant seeds that can grow into genuine recovery’.
We have an investor to pay back but we are confident with the 10 year terms and backing of the W.A community along with H4Y’s developing micro business to create sustainability in the future, H4Y can one day expand beyond the farm gates to over east locations. For now, we enjoy the farm being ours and can commence the growth and opportunities that no longer take a back seat.
Clients and their families have and always will remain our priority and we now have a beautiful farm to do that in.