Extra hands needed for working bee to help a Riverstone charity

WORKING BEE: Breakthrough Houses founders Kerry-Ann and Rick Mapperson, outisde their second property, needs help from the community to renovate a house to help struggling families. Picture: Geoff Jones
WORKING BEE: Breakthrough Houses founders Kerry-Ann and Rick Mapperson, outisde their second property, needs help from the community to renovate a house to help struggling families. Picture: Geoff Jones

A Riverstone charity is calling on the community to roll up its sleeves for a working bee.

After years of fostering children, husband and wife Rick and Kerry-Ann Mapperson dreamed of providing a home for families in need.  

Breakthrough Houses became a reality for the couple in 2004 opening their first proeprty to families. 

Mr Mapperson said the charity was almost ready to open its second property, but the house they’ve selected needs a little tender love and care. 

“We are calling on the community to help us make a difference to even more individuals and families,” Mr Mapperson said. 

“There is much to be done with cleaning, painting, repairs, gardening and more.

“We also are looking for tradespeople who can help on this special project.”

Breakthrough Houses provides supervised and a safe home for families at risk to live in while undergoing rehabilitation and learning vital life skills such as cooking, resume preparation and financial planning. 

Mr Mapperson said the charity was always in need of extra hands to help. 

"Since we do not receive any government funding, we always need more hands-on-deck for cleaning, gardening, building and painting,” Mr Mapperson said.

“Volunteers have already been hard at work at the new premises and we are tremendously grateful for the support that Breakthrough Houses receives.

“This represents what community should be about, supporting one another and lending a hand.

“That is essentially what Breakthrough Houses does.

“We provide at risk families with guidance, support, education and real assistance and our number one priority is on keeping the family unit together.”

Volunteers can join the working bee from 10am on Saturday, June 24 at 9 Hunter Street, Riverstone with a barbecue lunch provided. 

“It can’t truthfully be said that our society is just and cohesive unless we work to help those families in our communities who face the biggest challenges in staying healthy together,” Mr Mapperson said.

  • Register to help: 0418 164 730.
  • Details: breakthroughhouses.org.au.