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Haven House Kingsford

New South Wales

Number of bedrooms
Building Partner
Phase 1 – Wyatt Partners 
Phase 2 – AW Edwards  
Charity Partner

St Laurence House Youth Services

This Haven Project was completed in two phases. Firstly, we focused on building two new bedrooms for young people and improving the carer spaces. Secondly, we renovated a range of communal spaces to improve the liveability of the house.   

Phase 1 (2020-2022): The Foundation built two extra bedrooms and refurbished four more at Haven House Kingsford, so that St Laurence House Youth Services could take in more young people in need and also so the live-in carer, who had been sleeping on the couch, could finally have their own room with a new bathroom. Wyatt Partners took the lead as the main builder alongside significant support from the industry. ANZ and ISPT both donated $50k each. A list of other key suppliers is below. 

Phase 2 (2023-2024): This phase focused on uplifting other key main living areas on the ground floor in the home. This included the fabrication & installation of a beautiful, & much more functional new kitchen, with brand new appliances throughout, as well as some needed repairs to the stairs & adjacent windows.  We were also able to uplift the living room with new furniture donated by our good friends at King Living, with painting supplied by Dulux. Architectus provided the designs for the kitchen & AW Edwards came on board as the major building partner to support this phase of the project. Other key suppliers include Barnwell & Cambridge, Versatile, Light Project, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens and Milliken.  

St Laurence House Youth Services has been providing medium-term accommodation and assisting young people in the house since 1984. This includes providing stable housing for 13–18-year-olds leaving crisis care in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, as well as support programs for 18–24-year-olds experiencing homelessness who are not able to find other accommodation. 

Key Suppliers

On every Haven Project the support we get from the industry is incredible. The below is not a full list but notes some key suppliers and supporters on Haven House Kingsford. 

  • Absolute Tiling & Stone 
  • Architectus (Formerly Conrad Gargett) 
  • AusReo 
  • AW Edwards 
  • Barnwell & Cambridge 
  • Bingo Industries 
  • Chalouhi 
  • Dulux 
  • Egans Asset Management 
  • Fugen 
  • GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens 
  • King Furniture Australia 
  • Light Project 
  • Living Tiles 
  • Metz Tiles  
  • Modern Group 
  • Milliken 
  • Palmers Glass 
  • Parkview 
  • Rintoul 
  • Versatile  

“The little changes in young people say the most about their progress. And it’s this incremental development that Haven House Kingsford and the dedicated staff there make possible. When young people first arrive at the home they load up their plates every mealtime with enough for a couple of meals.

They do it because they are used to not knowing when they will have their next good meal. But over time, they become comfortable to fill their plate with enough for each meal and that shows how comfortable and confident they are in the stability of this environment.

It’s this confidence that grows during the young people’s time at Haven House Kingsford that is essential to them moving forward to building independent lives.”

Nigel Parker, Former CEO – St Laurence House

“I can’t express how thrilled and grateful I am for all you are doing. This is one of those moments when words just can’t say enough. Maybe the lump in my throat and the tear in my eye are the words I just can’t express.

THANK YOU so much for what you are doing for SLH and for every other charity organisation you help. Without organisation such as yours, I know we would be dealing with broken cupboards, broken fridges, broken dishwashers and run down everything else. Your donation (and those from everyone you work with) really does help our young people to feel like they matter. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude.”

Jenny Piaud, Acting Executive Officer – St Laurence House