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Photo: BIG MOMENT: YFS community worker Kirsty Koop, Logan anti-domestic violence advocate Cindy Barden, YFS chair Jennifer Saveant, YFS CEO Cath Bartolo and Logan MP Linus Power cut the ribbon to the new YFS office. Photo: Jacob Wilson

By Jacob Wilson, Jimboomba Times | August 27 2018 – 5:00PM

FAMILIES suffering hardship in south-west Logan will have easier access to support services after a service hub opened its doors in Jimboomba.

Community service organisation YFS received a $700,000 state government funding boost to support the opening of an office in Jimboomba on Monday, August 27.

YFS has operated in Logan for 35 years and offers support to families afflicted with domestic violence and child safety concerns.

Financial counselling, legal advice and employment preparation services are available to people in need.

YFS chief executive officer Cath Bartolo said the Jimboomba office would allow people to have quicker access to crisis services.

“From our new Jimboomba centre, we will be better positioned to support people in Logan’s high-growth south-western region, which has rapidly emerging needs for support.

“We will base a number of our specialist teams there. They’re providing services that people living in this region are seeking most.”

YFS works with various organisations to provide outreach services across Logan and Beaudesert.

Logan MP Linus Power said it was important for the Queensland government to support programs which helped the most vulnerable.

“The work they do here is so vital to build the next generation of families to ensure each generation can be better, more stable and nurturing,” he said.

Ms Bartolo thanked Mr Power for his contribution.

“Without his support, we wouldn’t be in a position to offer R4Respect, a program led by young people in the Logan and surrounding area to prevent anti-social behaviour and violence,” she said.

The YFS office is located at 7/133 Brisbane Street at the Jimboomba Convenience Centre