Our Mission

Our mission is to help create a stronger New Zealand by equipping and empowering pregnant teens to flourish and make a positive difference in their communities. We believe in the potential of every young woman and provide a place for them to live, learn, prepare for childbirth and plan for a bright future. Our team of staff and volunteers are passionate about supporting the next generation of young people.

 
Our team

Our team brings a wide range of skills and experience - from youth work and early childhood education to leadership, counselling, business and industry specific skills. As a non-profit organisation many of our people also volunteer their time.

 

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Fiona Collins

Director

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Rahel Williams

Area Supervisor

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Rebecca Bangma

Accounts Manager

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Michelle Torckler

Area Supervisor

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Our volunteers

Houseparents in each location are supported by a team of amazing volunteers who help with the day-to-day running of the homes. Volunteers can help by relieving for our Houseparents for a few hours a fortnight or for a full weekend from time to time.

 

Volunteers also help with managing donations, teaching life skills and assisting with maintenance and gardening tasks.

Please get in touch to learn more about joining our volunteer team.

 

 
 

Early beginnings

The House of Grace Trust was established in 2001 by Treena and Marcus van Rijssel.

 

Their dream was to provide a safe haven for young pregnant women. A place where mums-to-be could find the love and support they need to learn life skills and prepare for parenting.

 

They created a loving family environment designed specifically for young women needing help with pregnancy and parenting. Thank you Treena and Marcus.

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