Previously provided since 1988 under the Open Family umbrella, a separate structure now provides the outreach work in Canberra. YCC’s service provider is St John’s Care in Reid.
St John’s Care is an ideal 'fit' to continue our work in the Canberra community. Their hands-on, practical support for families and individuals in crisis puts their workers and volunteers in the front line. Their clients visit for food, clothing and other basic necessities. There are families among them, including young people at risk of homelessness. This gives our dedicated youth workers an early start to break the nexus between poverty, family dysfunction, drug and alcohol issues and homelessness.
Meet our outreach workers
Zack originates from Queensland but made the move to Canberra to start his career helping Canberra’s youth in need. He is YouthCare Canberra’s first full-time outreach worker and takes great pride in helping those who are brave enough to ask for it.
Before joining the YouthCare Canberra team, Zack was deployed as a soldier to Afghanistan with the Australian Army. After having a tough childhood himself, he knows what it is like to be at rock bottom and also what it is like to come back from it.
Zack tells the youth that he works with “your bad experiences can become your best experiences. These are your tools for greatness. Use them.”