Who We Are
Catherine House provides accommodation
and support services for women experiencing homelessness
in South Australia.
Through a recovery oriented focus, women are offered a safe, supportive environment with opportunities to achieve improved personal and economic wellbeing.
Catherine House Inc founded in 1988, by the Sisters of Mercy to address an unmet need for women experiencing homelessness in Adelaide.
Supported by the South Australian Housing Trust and the Adelaide City Council, Catherine House opened with just 12 rooms.
In the subsequent years the organisation has grown and refined its model, and is now recognised as South Australia’s only recovery based service for women experiencing homelessness.
Catherine House can now accommodate up to 54 women.
CATHERINE HOUSE + hOUSING CHOICES SOUTH AUSTRALIA
In January 2021, Catherine House joined the Housing Choices Group of companies, to become part of Housing Choices South Australia (HCSA). Housing Choices is a leading national not-for-profit community housing organisation.
In 2015, HCSA merged with Common Ground Adelaide – a supportive housing model based on the New York initiative and established by members of the Adelaide business community. This merger successfully ensured Common Ground Adelaide’s sustainability into the future. Similarly, the coming together of Catherine House and HCSA will see the great work of Catherine House endure, but develop and grow, with HCSA providing administrative and other support.
The merger combined Catherine House’s decades of experience transitioning women out of homelessness and despair to a life of recovery, stability and independence, with the significant capacity of a capable and efficient social housing provider.
OUR RECOVERY MODEL
Providing women with a safe, supportive environment to recover from homelessness and the issues they are dealing with is vital to their recovery and overall wellbeing. Our mental health programs offer women an opportunity to receive a range of individual support services.
Our education services develop not only practical skills such as literacy, numeracy and job seeking, but also self-development and training courses that helps women who have experienced trauma to rediscover their voice, learn to make good decisions for themselves, and make plans for their future.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Catherine House is responsive to the needs of our diverse community and provides all clients with a welcoming, inclusive environment. We aim to provide services that are free from bias, discrimination and avoids stereotyping and mistaken assumptions about people on the basis of their sex, marital status, pregnancy or potential pregnancy, breast feeding, sexual orientation, gender history, health status, race, nationality, colour or ethnic origin, age, religious or political conviction, impairment or disability and family responsibility or family status.
“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing and inclusion.
The Catherine House Logo is a woman standing tall, her legs elongated to give the impression of inner strength and resilience.
She is holding her arms in celebration of taking control and giving herself shelter in a difficult time.
Her legs are different lengths to emphasise movement – she is moving forward, she is progressing positively with her life.