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Making Detour House a home

The future of Sydney’s only crisis refuge for young girls is looking brighter than ever, after the completion of major renovations by The Sebastian Foundation’s charity for children and families.

Guy and Jules Sebastian opened new premises at The Girls’ Refuge in Sydney’s inner-west in late 2016, as part of the Foundation’s campaign to help children and families by focusing on reducing domestic violence.

The renovations include a new kitchen, lounge room and dining area made possible by generous donations from Freedom Kitchens, Sony, Tiler by Trade, Precise Flooring and Horsley Industries.

“One of The Sebastian Foundation’s major focusses is supporting programs just like The Girls’ Refuge. The way they help young girls in their time of need is extraordinary,” Jules Sebastian said today.

“We’re proud to unveil the kitchen, lounge and dining renovation and hope it inspires others in the community to do their part for their local shelter,” Guy Sebastian said.

Roxanne McMurray, spokeswoman for SOS Women’s Services, said the renovationswould allow the refuge to help young girls in crisis for many years to come.

“The refuge is a safe haven for young girls aged between 13 and 17 and is the onlyremaining crisis refuge for young girls in Sydney. It takes care of some of the most vulnerable children in our community in a home-like environment, and thanks to the Sebastian Foundation their home now looks better than ever.

“Many of these young girls have to leave home because of domestic violence and the support of the Sebastian Foundation will make a huge difference to their lives.”