TEENAGER Ashley Lewis lives in supported accommodation and says he can’t wait to cook lasagne in a new oven thanks to a border electrical and furniture store.
Bing Lee in Wodonga has partnered with Junction Support Services (JSS) to transform a house in central Wodonga where vulnerable young people like Ashley, 17, are living while they continue their studies.
Kids Under Cover, run by Junction, has a house that needed new appliances and furniture.
Junction’s youth services manager Katharine Hodgens said: “We are very grateful for Bing Lee’s support.
“Up until today, all the appliances and furnishings had been second-hand items donated by Junction or Rural Housing workers.
“An upgrade of the property had been on our list of priorities for some time.
“Unfortunately, we just haven’t had the funds or resources to make it happen on our own.”
Among the donations were two new fridges, a freezer, oven, washing machine, microwave, toaster, digital television and two lounges.
Bing Lee staff delivered and installed the items yesterday.
Bing Lee store manager Anthony Cowan said: “We are aware of the good work and services offered by Junction Support Services and we wanted to help out in some way.
“This property was in need of improvement to make it more comfortable and brighten the place up for those who live there.
“These young people all pay their way with rent, so this contribution will help them tremendously.”
Ashley shares the house with two other teenagers who are studying and welcomed the new goods.
“It’s pretty awesome,” he said.
“I like to cook so I’m looking forward to cooking lasagne in the new oven.”
Bing Lee will continue to work with Junction and in July will start an internship program for participants in the re-engagement and pathways program being run by Junction.