Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness by building studios
There are many ways to get involved and help at-risk young people and their families.
In 2016, both Rohan’s brother and his wife, the couple’s sister-in-law, passed away. They had two children, Grace and Jordan, who were 12 and 19 at the time and urgently needed a new place to call home.
Being the closest relatives to the young people, Nicole and Rohan didn’t have to think twice about becoming the carers.
However, with only two bedrooms to squeeze five people into, Nicole and Rohan had to make sacrifices to ensure they could provide space for their niece and nephew.
“Rohan and I had moved into the loungeroom so that they could have their own rooms and Rohan’s son had moved into a small caravan out the back,” Nicole tells us.
With overcrowding a real issue and no living space for the family to relax and enjoy, Nicole and Rohan reached out to a kinship care organisation in Warrnambool who suggested applying for a Kids Under Cover Studio.
Their application was successful, and the family had a studio installed in their backyard. Nicole says the impact the studio has made on the entire family cannot be underestimated.
Having lost two close relatives within just a few months and everyone readjusting to their new situation, Nicole reflects on this difficult period,
The future is looking brighter for the whole family now. Jordan is in his fourth year of university, is married and lives independently. Grace, now 15 years old, is still living in the studio and is a talented student. She takes pride in her studio and her bedroom is fitted out with a sewing machine and desk for art supplies.
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