SHAPE VIC is one step closer to completing Launch Housing's pro-bono refurb

Coinciding with National Homelessness Week 2022, SHAPE Victoria has officially announced the completion of the first phase of its major pro-bono refurbishment of Launch Housing’s crisis accommodation centre in Melbourne’s Southbank. The second and final phase of the project will kick off in October 2022, following SHAPE Victoria’s second successful annual charity event in May.

SHAPE Victoria first partnered with Launch Housing – a secular Melbourne-based community organisation that delivers homelessness services and life-changing housing supports to disadvantaged Victorians – for its Annual Charity Golf Day in April 2021. Instead of donating cash, subcontractor partners were invited to pledge their time, tools and materials to undertake the major refurbishment of the 46-room crisis accommodation centre, as part of SHAPE Victoria’s ReSHAPE initiative. The facility offers short stays, case management, healthcare, and crisis support to people in need of shelter and care.

The pledges resulted in SHAPE Victoria and participating subcontractors completing the first phase of the project, worth more than $313,000. Communal spaces and 20 rooms of the 46-room facility were upgraded with new wardrobes, kitchen joinery, sinks and taps, desks and shelving, flooring, blinds, and the walls were repainted. This transformation provides inviting, comfortable and dignified spaces for Launch Housing’s clients to aid their recovery from the traumas associated with homelessness.

2022 Annual Charity Night and PHASE 2.0

Following the completion of the first phase of the project, SHAPE Victoria organised a second annual charity night in May, at Ballers Clubhouse in Melbourne, to gain the necessary support from their subcontractor partners for the second phase of the project. Thanks to the generous support of 37 subbies and suppliers, who once again pledged their skills, time and materials, SHAPE Victoria will officially kick-off this final phase in October 2022.

This phase of the project will see the complete upgrade of the remaining 26 rooms of the 46-room facility, further common areas and the 24-hour front desk and reception area. In addition, SHAPE Victoria has salvaged good quality building materials from other projects which were destined for landfill, through it’s ReSHAPE programme, that will be repurposed for Launch Housing.

We’re proud that Launch Housing’s clients have already begun utilising the revamped rooms. The positive impact of this project can be witnessed from the statement below, which we’ve kindly been allowed to publish:

When I got here, I was broken. I had nothing and I didn’t know where I was supposed to go… I was given my room and I expected that I would be in a prison cell. Instead, I got to the room… and I instantly felt like I was in someone’s spare room at their house. It was beautiful. I dropped my bags down and went straight to bed. It was the first proper sleep I had in months. I could see a future again for the first time in ages and I knew I would be comfortable here. I can’t thank you enough.

Launch Housing Client

With the completion of PHASE 1.0, we would like to give a massive shout out to the subbies who made it all possible, in recognition of their immense contribution:

Rockstar Sealing, iRisc, AMP, Exel Seal, ESJAY COMMERCIAL PLASTERING, CONCEPT CEILINGS, Alessi Design, ALD Expert Demo, SKS Technologies , LCS Electrical, Brolec, GID ELECTRICAL, Elecflight, GP FIRE PROTECTION (AUST), Fast & Reliable Sprinklers (FRS), TRUMP PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, Lockwood Flooring, UNITED PLUMBING GROUP, SRA Plumbing, SPI PLUMBING, BRL CONTRACTING, BASELINE, JFK INTERIORS AUSTRALIA, MENTES JOINERY PTY LTD, PRECISION MECHANICAL SERVICES, ELLIS AIR CONDITIONING, Dulux, JCA CONTRACTING PTY LTD, Mediterranean Painters & Decorators, Interior Building Modifications, Jazpat Commercial Interiors, FOXD GROUP PTY LTD, PACE Building Solutions, THE CORPORATE WINDOW FILM COMP, South Melbourne Glass, ZENITH INTERIORS PTY LIMITED, ASPECT Furniture, Profectus

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge all the subbies that have pledged their time, tools and materials for PHASE 2.0 of the project:

FREDON TECHNOLOGY (VIC) PTY LT, Corporate Initiatives Australia, ESJAY COMMERCIAL PLASTERING, CONCEPT CEILINGS, COLCRETE CONSTRUCTION GROUP, Alessi Design, NOORI, TEXTURED DESIGN GROUP PTY. LTD, Lovelight, ALD Expert Demo, Lume Electrical, LCS Electrical, Elecflight, Fast & Reliable Sprinklers (FRS), TRUMP PROPERTY MAINTENANCE , Sustainable Access Floors, CAM HAMMOND FLOORS PTY LTD, Lockwood Flooring, UNITED PLUMBING GROUP , SRA Plumbing, SPI PLUMBING (AUST) PTY LTD, BRL CONTRACTING PTY LTD, TENON JOINERY PTY LTD, LAMINEX, ASPEN COMMERCIAL INTERIORS, BSA, PRECISION MECHANICAL SERVICES, Custom Architectural Solutions (Custom Clad), Dulux, JCA CONTRACTING PTY LTD, Mediterranean Painters & Decorators, FOXD GROUP PTY LTD, AFLUX INTERIOR LININGS PTY LTD, THE CORPORATE WINDOW FILM COMP, Stanmor, Poya Tiling Pty Ltd, ZENITH INTERIORS PTY LIMITED

See images from SHAPE Victoria’s Annual Charity Night event in May 2022, where generous subbies once again pledged their time and materials for the final phase of the pro-bono refurbishment:

 

NATIONAL HOMELESSNESS WEEK 2022: A Safe Home For Every Child

Launch Housing’s theme for National Homelessness Week 2022 is A Safe Home For Every Child. As a proud partner of Launch Housing, we want to help them to shine a light on childhood homelessness and call for a safe home for all children. Every child deserves a safe home, but sadly there are over 19,000 children aged 0-14 who are homeless in Australia on any given night. To learn more about the range of innovative solutions to build brighter futures for children and how to get involved, visit: www.launchhousing.org.au/national-homelessness-week

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