Horizon House helps Bunbury youth thrive

A life of adventure and experiences: Noelle Harris credits the support given to her at Horizon House for the positive path she is on now. Photo: Emily Sharp.
A life of adventure and experiences: Noelle Harris credits the support given to her at Horizon House for the positive path she is on now. Photo: Emily Sharp.

For one young Bunbury woman the care and support provided to her by St John of God Horizon House has inspired her to achieve after escaping family violence almost two years ago. 

Noelle Harris said because of Horizon House she had been able to experience wonderful things. 

“Because of the encouragement I received from Horizon House, I feel like I can live more freely and get out of my comfort zone to enjoy new experiences,” she said.

Visiting Rottnest Island and riding a horse for the first time are just some of the things the 21-year-old has experienced since joining the program, which provides long-term accommodation and life skills for vulnerable young people. 

Ms Harris was referred to Horizon House from a women’s refuge after experiencing family violence at home where she felt unsafe.

“This program hasn’t just given me a safe place to come home to each night, it’s also given me the opportunity to learn new skills, and experience new things,” she said. 

“Horizon House has taught me how to use public transport, helped me to obtain my driver’s license, and even helped with setting up a house including connecting utilities.

“I love the freedom of being able to go where I want, when I want.”

She credits the support and compassion from various support workers for also being able to attend a school ball this year.

“I feel really lucky to have been able to go,” she said.

“One caregiver donated a dress and another caregiver did my hair and makeup, so that’s made me feel grateful that I didn’t miss out on such an important event.

“My hopes for the future are to own my own home, and to travel.

“A few years ago, I never would’ve thought that I’d be in a position to achieve these goals. 

“Now I am confident I will.”