The Gift Register is excited to welcome Lighthouse Foundation on board as the inaugural beneficiary of our site. Lighthouse’s vision is to end youth homelessness by supporting homeless young people to take their rightful place in the community. Through their Lighthouse experience, young people can heal, learn again to relate to each other and start to rebuild their lives. Over the past 25 years more than 800 young people have successfully broken the cycle of homelessness with the support of Lighthouse Foundation.

Lighthouse offers young people not just a house, but a loving home, along with individually tailored, therapeutic care that has been proven to help them recover from childhood trauma and break the cycle of homelessness. Lighthouse does this by providing a safe and nurturing living environment and consistent parental role models, as well as clinical and practical support services. Young people are welcome to stay with Lighthouse for as long as they need and may continue to access support through our outreach programs after they transition into independent living.

Lighthouse has homes across Melbourne which each accommodate up to four young people who are supported by two live-in carers and a dedicated team of psychologists and health professionals. This includes a number of Mothers and Babies homes providing tailored support for young women and their babies. At present Lighthouse is welcoming gifts that are integral to the ongoing delivery of its programs. This includes items to create comfortable and welcoming homes, home wares to help a young person set up their own home as they transition to independence, and experiences to promote positive memories for the Lighthouse young people.

A ‘public wish list’ of items to help Lighthouse continue supporting young people at risk of homelessness is featured on this page. Users can view this list via the purple button below and select an item to purchase for Lighthouse. Once the transaction is complete, please mark the item as purchased so it is removed from the list.

In order to receive a tax deductable receipt, simply have a ‘proof of purchase’ page emailed to you by clicking the ‘proof of purchase’ button, and forward this along with the item’s purchase receipt to Fairlie Cottrill at [email protected]

Please ensure delivery of all items go to:  Fairlie Cottrill, Lighthouse Foundation, 13 Adolph Street, Richmond Vic 3121

Susan Barton

Susan Barton

Susan Barton AM is one of Australia’s most respected humanitarian changemakers. She has been honoured as Melburnian of the Year, Finalist in Victorian Senior of the Year, and has been named one of the AFR’s 100 Most Influential Women in 2014. Starting with opening up her own home to homeless children, she has built Lighthouse Foundation over the past 25 years to be a beacon of hope for young homeless people. Over 800 young people have had their lives changed by finding a safe and nurturing home in one of Lighthouse Foundation’s homes. For more info please check out

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