The Salvation Army Crossroads West has moved into its new Karratha Youth Crisis Centre.
At least two and a half years in the making, the new centre offers purpose built temporary accommodation for youth aged 14-24 with nowhere to live.
Crossroads West previously ran out of a residential home and the new facility was designed with best practise in mind.
‘The way we can deliver our service is made a lot easier because we have things like single bedrooms, and interjoining ensuites,’ says Salvation Army Crossroards West Service manager Melissa Neil.
During a three month stay at the centre, young people work with youth workers to find accommodation, as well as education or employment, and develop independent living skills, such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting.
The centre is funded to support six young people but eight single bedrooms have been built, with plans to expand. Any community organisation is able to refer a young person to the centre.
Salvation Army Crossroads West Network Director Yvonne Hunt said the new facility would continue to help young people in crisis find permanent accommodation.