A Place To Belong Since 1971

Tackling social isolation through programs, activities, long term support and friendship for people of all ages.

How Can We Help?

Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever you do,
If you’re looking for a place to belong, you’ll feel right at home here.

Youth Activities

Designed to help children of all ages develop into well-adjusted, kind, and happy adults, our youth activities give kids and teens a productive and fulfilling outlet for their seemingly endless energy.

Adult Programs

You’re never too old to pick up a new hobby, get mentoring, learn new skills, and make new friends—which is the exact reason we developed our extensive selection of programs for adults of all ages.

It Started With One Child

“Home is like hell. We have nowhere to go. Doesn’t anyone care about us?”

These were the angry words of a gang kid that prompted our founder George Farrington, in 1971, to form a team dedicated to helping troubled and disadvantaged youths who didn’t fit in.

Half a century later, that team, which later came to be known as Open House, has evolved into an institution dedicated to caring for and supporting people of all ages from all walks of life. Our mission is to provide those with no one to turn to and nowhere to go, a place to belong.

Our Working Numbers

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Years

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Programs

That provide care, empowerment and support for people of all ages and backgrounds

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2021 Occasions of Service

The number of contacts that have used Open House’s services so far this calendar year.

Our Programs

When we say we’re here for you, this is what we mean.

Youth Workshop Mentoring Program

Acquire skills and experiences that can help unlock employment opportunities for you in this program designed for secondary-school-age children.

Malahang Reserve Programs

Participate in exciting sports activities, such as soccer, footy, and basketball, or learn to ride a bike in a safe, welcoming environment.

Friday Drop-In

End the week with a bang. Unwind and enjoy fun conversations with our volunteers and youth workers over light, healthy snacks.

Clubwork

Join a friendship group formed to provide support and host activities for older adults who are lonely, disadvantaged, or have special needs.

Community Meal

Drop by on Tuesday nights for meaningful conversations, friendship, and a hot meal with our regular guests from nearby suburbs.

Arts & Crafts

Learn painting, embroidery, carpet making, and a host of other creative skills over a hot meal, coffee, and tea.

Sometimes all it takes is an opportunity

Nicholas* (who is now 20 years old) was referred to us from a local school to our Youth Workshop Mentoring Program (YWMP) because he was disengaging from school and had an interest in wood work. Initially he started off very shy with low self-esteem and was very insecure. As Nicholas continued to attend the YWMP and began to share a little about himself, his self-confidence grew. In the workshop, he enjoyed working with wood, and the desire to be a carpenter started to grow.

Volunteer

Youth Workshop Mentoring Program

Acquire skills and experiences that can help unlock employment opportunities for you in this program designed for secondary-school-age children.

Donate

Become an Open House Donor

It doesn’t take much to make a massive difference in someone’s life. Make a donation today!

Partner With Open House

Annual Reports

See what the Open House family has accomplished over the years.

Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

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