Reconnect Program

The Open Doors Reconnect Program is for LGBT young people aged 12 to 17 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and their families.

Opening Doors, The Queensland Government’s Strategy for Reducing Homelessness 2011-14 was recently released and this document identifies Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people as a group that experience a higher rate of homelessness.  LGBT young people specifically have also been identified as being at a higher risk of homelessness.

We aim to support young people stabilise their accommodation and improve their connection with:

  • Their family
  • Community
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Training

We do this by:

  • Case Management
  • Individual support
  • Counselling and mediation
  • Advocating
  • Supporting young people to access Centrelink
  • Referring young people to other complimentary services (such as drug and alcohol counselling, mental health, etc.)
  • Brokerage

Accessing the Reconnect Program

Any service provider can refer a young person or family who they think would benefit from the Reconnect Program.  Parents can also directly refer their young person and their family for support, and young people can also refer themselves to the program

  • Phone – contact (07) 3257 7660 and ask to speak to Pam Barker, Chris Pickard, Evie Ryder or Shaye Austin.
  • Email – email
  • Drop-In Young people can access the Reconnect program by completing an Intake appointment with one of our workers first and once that has happened, can come along to social spaces.
  • Time – Wednesdays at 3.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Appointments – If our drop-in times do not suit you, we can arrange an appointment time for you to come and talk to us

The Reconnect Program is funded by Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for more information about the program and other Reconnect services please visit the FaHCSIA Reconnect website.