Kate’s story

We first met Kate* four years ago when she was 13, after she came to live in one of our residential units. She had been exposed to drug use, crime and violence from a very young age, and had spent most of her life in and out of care. She was extremely shy, struggling with school, and experienced depression, self-harm and disordered eating.

At Berry Street, Kate was supported by our amazing staff who were resilient, attentive and creative in their care for her. They linked her into activities like life skills courses and exercise classes, and found her a tutor to help her with school. She was learning new things and finally starting to gain confidence and enjoy life.

Kate is now studying hospitality at TAFE: she’s achieving great results and excited about the possibilities for her future. From a frightened 13 year old, Kate is now well on the way to becoming an independent adult.


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At Berry Street we care for over 260 traumatised young people through our Residential Care program.
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*Name has been changed in the interest of privacy. The models and volunteers pictured are not connected to the case study.

Berry Street Victoria Incorporated (ABN 24 719 196 762) is a public benevolent institution with endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Berry Street is also a Tax Concession Charity, holding income tax exemption under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, and is a Registered Charity with Consumer Affairs Victoria (Number 10925.12).