What is HoMie all about?
HoMie provides brand-new clothing, training and job opportunities to people experiencing homelessness. HoMie aims to alleviate homelessness by providing job opportunities, and support the transition into long-term, sustainable employment for young people experiencing homelessness.
Whereabouts are you based and who are you working with?
HoMie is currently based in Melbourne Central Shopping Centre (right in the heart of the CBD) and works with young people that are engaged in homelessness services. Once a month, HoMie hosts a "VIP Day", whereby we invite 30 people experiencing homelessness that are engaged in a service to "shop" at HoMie- they receive up to five band-new items of clothing to choose at their own discretion, a haircut, makeup, nails, food, coffee etc. The main goal of these days is to provide these people with a dignified shopping experience.
What are you most proud of?
Personally, I'm most proud of one of our trainee staff members who was formerly an illicit substance addict. 18 months into her recovery, she is now able to man our whole workspace on her own and will be completing her studies in July. Her future is very bright!!!
How can people find out more and get involved?
Thank you Nick Pearce, CEO of HoMie for sharing more about HoMie with us. It's pretty special for us to speak with another clothing brand dealing with some issues that are core to Hopeful Traders work.
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