Kennards Hire along with the Kennard family and building company Total Construction have come together to provide a secure place for homeless teenagers.
The group has renovated and funded the operation of a second Stepping Stone House, which will accommodate four young people at a time along with a staff member.
Stepping Stone House has helped more than 300 young people since its first home was established in Sydney 20 years ago. The organisation is a community-based registered charity with no affiliation to any church or political organisation and does not receive government funding.
Stepping Stone House helps teenagers with no place to call home, get a secure place from where they can build their lives. These young people gain stability in a family atmosphere during an average stay of 18 months to two years.
Kennards Hire and the Kennard family are each donating $50,000 a year for three years, while Total Construction, which has financially supported the first Stepping Stone House for several years, carried out major renovations without labour charge.
In addition to donating an extensive amount of hire equipment used on the project, Kennards will also help young residents gain valuable work experience or fill casual to fulltime work positions at its equipment hire centres.
Suppliers and sub-contractors who assisted with the project included:
- Demolition and excavation: TIA Civil
- Concrete placement: Ancon Developments
- Plumbing: Norwest Plumbing
- Electrical: MDS Electrical
- Windows and doors: Precision Aluminium & Glass
- Plumbing supplies: Cooks Plumbing Supplies
- Cabinetry: Samways
- Timber: Boral Timber
- Bricks: Boral Building Products
- Concrete: Boral Clay and Concrete