Passages Resource Centre provides marginalised and street present young people with a "passage" to help them to transition from one life to another. Young people are helped to get off the streets and adopt safer and healthier lifestyles.
Passages' primary function is to act as a referral centre from the two properties in Northbridge and Mandurah in Western Australia. However, it also offers street present young people practical services such as:
- Bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities
- Computer and internet access
- Phone and mail collection
- Workshops and activities
- Information and referrals
Additionally, Passages conducts in house programs and activities such as healthy cooking, recreation, health programs and art groups.
Operation of the centre is done in the context of building relationships with those who drop in, offering them practical assistance and support, while identifying needs and issues. These are commonly to do with homelessness and unemployment, but may also include legal problems, health concerns, financial issues, addictions, counselling, relationships and general day to day living.
In 1996 the Rotary International World President, Louise Giay, called a meeting in seven cities around the world to discuss ways to foster "urban peace" including dealing with homeless and drug related issues. The Sydney Australia meeting was attended by the then President of the Rotary Club of Perth, David Reed.
Under David's leadership, the club undertook a vast amount of research on the needs of youth in Perth. He was invited to join a Perth Diocesan drug committee. In 1998, this led to the formation of a joint venture between the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Rotary Club of Perth with support from the Anglican and Catholic Archdioceses of Perth, the Military and Hospitaller Order of the Knights of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, and the St John of God Foundation. A resources centre was established in Perth, offering street-present young people the opportunity to feel safe and supported.
The centre, Bendat House, was officially opened by Rotary International World President, James Lacy, on 11 May 1999
David Reed in his role as Chairman of Passages, realised that the project must be put on a sound financial footing, and in the latter part of 2000, chaired a fundraising project, raising enough funds to purchase the building and provide funds for its ongoing operation for at least three years. In recognition of a substantial donation by the Bendat Family, a larger house was purchased at 22 Palmerston Street, and the premises on Aberdeen Street was sold.
In February 2012, following a great deal of research into the homelessness issue in the Peel region, Passages Resource Centre Peel was officially opened on 20 Davey Street Mandurah. The ability to establish Passages in this area was made possible thanks to the generosity once again of Jack Bendat as well as a grant from Lotterywest, and money raised by the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, a fundraising event of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Passages Peel is a joint venture with the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Rotary Clubs of Perth and Mandurah.
Today David Reed continues to be instrumental in the growth, expansion and reputation of Passages within the community. He remains chairman of the Passages Advisory Board.