Our Story

As the leading youth and family service provider in the Wynnum/Redlands region, BABI has been responding to the needs of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness since 1983. Key pioneers were Marie Stokes and Reverend Wally Dethlefs, both whom continue to support BABI today.

BABI became an Incorporated Association in 1985, obtained funding, and over many years professionalised and grew to provide a range of services to support the young people and families of the Bayside region. BABI’s main service is supported accommodation for young people including young parents, with a number of other wrap around services on offer. For more information on BABI’s supported accommodation and other services, please visit ‘What We Do’.

BABI’s first priority is to help young people stay connected with family and community. BABI achieves this by working alongside young people and their families.

BABI help young people identify their goals and strengths, give them the tools to plan for the future, assist them in accessing resources, and provide targeted support to help them achieve their goals. Over the years BABI has built on real expertise in developing young peoples’ skills and resilience so they can move forward with confidence. BABI focuses on strengths, not barriers.

BABI’s effectiveness is boosted by strong strategic alliances with other organisations. By working together, BABI are better able to address the pressing needs of marginalised young people and families in the local area.

Awards and Recognitions:

Over the years, BABI has received a number of awards and recognitions, such as being recognised in 2017, 2018, and 2019 as being a Top 5 Provider of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative. Most recently, BABI was the winner of the 2020 Queensland Training Awards Metropolitan Region.

“It can take more than just a roof to solve homelessness.  Having somewhere safe to live is the most important first step.  Being homeless can make you feel very small, vulnerable, dis-empowered and alone. It can make you feel like you have no control over your world.”

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