Shalom House’s commitment to restoring the lives of those suffering from substance abuse, has scored a win in the Western Australian Telstra Business Awards, in the charity category, and its in the running for a national win next month.
Now in its 25th year, the Telstra Business Awards showcases the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses, and more recently charities.
Telstra Small Business executive director Brendan Donohoe said the winners demonstrated what it took to become ‘that’ business – a leader in their field, a trusted name and an organisation that inspired others.
Shalom House’s focus on providing a safe place for its residents to make the right life choices, including life skills training, career planning and work experience opportunities scored the charity a win.
Mr Donohoe said Shalom House founder Peter Lyndon-James had been addicted to drugs and substances from the age of nine and today his program housed 100 men across 10 properties.
Mr Lyndon-James told Echo News the win was a surprise but in hindsight it probably shouldn’t have been as the judges who came to examine their operation were blown away.
“One judge said it was extremely well set up and both judges were overwhelmingly impressed,” he said.
“We ticked every box but we still had no idea we would win and the announcement caught us off guard.”
Mr Lyndon-James said many people had contributed to Shalom’s successful operation.
Particularly his wife Amanda who’s support enabled him to volunteer his time to run the entirely self-funded centre.
“She pays the mortgage and puts food on the table and if it wasn’t for her support I couldn’t work at Shalom House.”
He also thanked his son Peter Ryan and daughter Tosha-Lena and his 50 staff and volunteers.
The state winners, announced last Friday night, will join other state and territory category winners at the 2017 Telstra Australian Business Awards in Sydney on Friday 25 August 2017.