JETHRO Sercombe currently manages Anglicare’s Foyer Project, which provides a long-term avenue for homeless youth through education and meaningful work.
He has overseen the development of the Foyer Oxford project — a purpose built set facility designed to house 98 young people onsite at the Central Institute of Technology Campus in Leederville.
When completed this year, the facility will be the largest youth accommodation service in the country.
Mr Sercombe said overcoming a ‘not in my backyard’ attitude was the hardest thing he had to face in his professional life. Realising the dangers of housing a large number of people from a disadvantaged background in a single complex, Mr Sercombe overcame the ‘ghettoisation’ factor by co-forming Leederville Connect — a business group targeted at revitalising the Leederville area within which the project would naturally assimilate.