4S: Sustainable & Social Suppliers' Stories
How would you like to deck yourself out in some stylish threads, and help kick-start a positive, life-changing journey for someone at the same time?
Welcome to HoMie!
Based in Melbourne and armed with lots of energy, this streetwear and social enterprise business provides real opportunities for those in need.
What is HoMie?
Formed in 2015 by 3 friends, HoMie—or Homelessness Of Melbourne Incorporated Enterprise—is redefining social practices of the clothing industry in Australia.
The number of homeless people in Australia has increased over 14% in the last 5 years, and 40% of these are under 25 years old. HoMie is helping to tackle the homelessness problem at an early stage by promoting social inclusion of young Australians.
This enterprise donates 100% of their profits to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship. It provides them with skills, work experience and confidence to be better prepared for the future.
How do they help?
HoMie runs two social impact programs:
1. The HoMie Pathway Alliance
2. Monthly VIP Shopping Days
The HoMie Pathway Alliance
The objective of this program is to build confidence and job skills for young Australians.
It is an accredited retail training and education paid internship for people between 16 to 25 years old affected by homelessness or hardship.
Those who are ready to take the challenge apply for an 8 month paid program for part time hours, working for a HoMie store, or a HoMie alliance employer. As part of the program, they undertake study towards obtaining a Certificate III in retail operations, while at the same time embark on a journey of personal and professional development.
Monthly VIP Shopping Days
At least once a month HoMie closes its doors to the general public to receive VIP guests: Young people from homelessness support services.
This is a celebratory occasion where they are welcomed to the store to receive 5 free items of brand-new clothing, a haircut, beauty services and lunch. The whole experience is aimed towards increasing social inclusion and providing a dignified shopping experience.
HoMie produces 100% Australian-made garments. They work with accredited Australian companies to ensure an ethical end-to-end production process.
In September 2018 all HoMie garments were accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, that
works to eliminate modern slavery practices in the production supply-chain. The accreditation ensures that local textile and clothing workers are paid appropriately, receive legal entitlements, and work in safe environments.
HoMie’s mission is to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship.
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