Our organisation is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate services to those in need.
The organisation's work began in 1989 in Wangaratta with one program and one worker supporting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness with the founding CEO Corienne Krich and first chairperson Neville McCormick.
The Victorian government approached Junction to provide out of home care across North-East Victoria for young people who cannot live with their families, in foster or kindship care.
Junction continues to grow and support people across their lifespan. Individuals of all ages are provided support through homelessness and family violence programs.
Junction was selected to pilot the Victorian Department of Education & Training's Navigator program - an innovative early intervention program designed to help young people re-engage in education.
The year 2019 was a milestone as Junction celebrated 30 years of work in communities across North-East Victoria.
Under the leadership of new CEO, Megan Hanley, Junction moves positively into a responsive space where early intervention and prevention are priority.
Junction creates a new strategic plan for the next three years. One outcome of this was the creation of a Participant Voice Framework with the aim to empower service users by ensuring a client-centred approach.
Junction focuses on advocacy for young people including a planned Youth Space, and successful partnership and funding outcomes to establish a Youth Foyer in Wodonga.
Junction brings Early Help to our region in partnership with Australian Childhood Foundation - an early intervention program that aims to promote parent-child attachment and support children's wellbeing.
Junction's strategic plan also aspired for Junction to diversify funding streams and broaden scope, and this year saw Junction receive Federal funding and a new learner drive program in NSW being added to Junction's programs.
Junction purchases property to provide affordable housing to young people leaving care.
Junction's outreach counselling van, The Coach, hits the road to bring counselling to outlying areas such as the bushfire affected Alpine region.
COVID helped Junction really understand what is happening in the community and the importance of connection for young people. Junction purchases the iconic building at 198A High Street in the heart of Wodonga and plans are commenced to refurbish this building for a youth space, a social enterprise café and some office space.
Junction reviews the organisation's strategic plan - looking forward to what the next five years will hold. Junction aims to increase impact and reach more people with services.
Today, Junction has 36 programs across North-East Victoria, and employ over 200 staff and volunteers.
Established in 1989, we’re a not-for-profit organisation in north-east Victoria providing services to children, young people, individuals and families, to empower them to reach their full potential.
Our goal is to empower those in need by offering a helping hand and a path towards a brighter future. We believe that every person deserves the chance to lead a fulfilling life, and we are dedicated to providing the tools and resources necessary to make that happen.
With a commitment to excellence and a passion for helping others, Junction Support Services strives to make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve.