Father Chris Riley
By Luiza Leontios
- Father Chris Riley was born in Echuca, Victoria in 1954.
- In 1973 Chris graduated from school
- In 1991, Father Chris Riley quit his school job to work full time on the streets, helping all the poor and homeless people in need.
Why does he desreve this role
- We must live out God and Jesus through our actions.
- Father Chris Riley followed their teachings by helping people in need.
- That shows why he deserves to be in the Good People Hall Of Fame and how he is a devoted Christian.
The Greatest Commandment
- "To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,”
- We are God’s creation and God loves us unconditionally.
- Father Chris understands we make mistakes, just like God.
- Someone who loves God will follow in his footsteps and do as he shows.
"There is no such thing as a bad child. There are only bad circumstances..."
- Father Chris Riley demonstrates our faithful Christian values wonderfully.
- He has a kind and caring attitude towards every challenge he faces and even towards any person in need.
- Every single Ursuline value we have, he follows.
- He accepts, respects, unites, acts, empowers and serves the community.
Values and Attitude
- Youth Off The Streets is a community organisation working for disadvantaged young people
- Help hundreds, maybe even thousands of people around Australia.
- Opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to a major youth agency
- Services, which inhibit aboriginal programs, crisis accommodation, alcohol and other drug services, counselling, accredited high schools, outreach and residential programs.
- This enormous program is not something that everyone has the willpower and faith to create.
Youth Off The Streets
Chris Riley started setting up refuges for kids at risk behind a local Melbourne school. In doing so he had combined teaching with working in poorer neighbourhoods.
In this year, Chris Riley moved into a homeless men's hostel so that he could work on the streets full time. Soon enough he gathered enough money to found his company, Youth On The Streets
In 2006 he received a Human Rights Medal from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.