Our Story

Fresh Hope was founded in July 1999 by John and Karen Bartlett who have until recently, lived and worked fulltime at ‘Fresh Hope’ on an unpaid volunteer basis. ‘Fresh Hope’ is the first rehabilitation centre in Queensland to establish a program where substance dependant mothers can keep their children with them throughout their recovery program.

This unique rehabilitation program recognises that the added strain placed on mothers and children being separated while undergoing rehabilitation. This is a major barrier to a successful lifelong recovery. The program is specifically for mother and their children (up to 10 years of age) and expectant mothers who are in need of rehabilitation due to drug or alcohol abuse.  There is no age limit for mothers who wish to enter the program.  Many of the mothers who have successfully completed the program have experienced heroin/amphetamine abuse for up to seventeen years.

‘Fresh Hope’ aims to:

  • Offer hope to a generation of mothers and children suffering drug and alcohol abuse by providing a family style rehabilitation home
  • Empower mothers to develop a drug free, healthy lifestyle
  • Prevent the emotional trauma of separation between mother and child
  • Break the generational cycle of addiction and abuse for the children and future generations

Our dedicated and passionate staff are qualified and have an extensive knowledge of the area in which they work. Our team are always pursuing further knowledge and experience in the field to further ensure our families have the best chances for recovery.  Karen our senior counsellor/director guides a team of counsellors and caseworkers whose qualifications consist of Diploma AOD and mental health, Grad dip Rehab counselling, BA Social Science (3) and many years of practical and life experience.

Our houseparents who are hands-on, guiding and helping families in the day-to-day routine, hold not only extensive life experience but also hold qualifications ranging from Dip Nursing care & EN, Cert 3 community service and health, Cert 3 youth work, Dip Ed – Spec Ed, AD Ed – child care, BA Social science and also attend training when possible.

Running the Administration side of things we have John (CEO)  who is joined by the other friendly office staff in the day-to-day running of the service of finances and admin.

Fresh Hope is a non-profit, community based organization and administered by a thirteen member committee. Fresh Hope operates through funding bodies, donations from business and supporters and fundraising events. Operational funding is sourced through fees paid by residents and the generous support of family, friends, fundraising events and the Fresh Hope support base.

Mothers and their children can be referred from a range of sources, including health, welfare, community organisations and self-referral.