By now, you may have heard the recent decision to change the way homelessness services are funded which means that Catherine House will lose $1.2 million dollars used to fund our Crisis Accommodation Service.
A service that has been available for 33 years, in fact – the only service for women experiencing homelessness in South Australia. A service for women, run by women.
As a supporter of Catherine House you know that many clients have experienced domestic and family violence, mental health challenges and housing instability which has resulted in their homelessness. Women over 55 remain the fastest growing cohort of all people experiencing homelessness across Australia. Yet sadly, women continue to be the “hidden homeless”.
It’s no secret that domestic violence and mental health issues have rocked our community recently with tragic events in South Australia. These women need us now more than ever.
Catherine House provides more than a bed and a warm meal for every woman who so bravely walks through our doors. We focus is on providing her with support, hope, opportunity and importantly – safe and secure housing to end her homelessness for good.
As I write this, we are currently working hard to find a solution to ensure our vital service can continue past June 30. We are doing everything we can to ensure women experiencing homelessness are supported in South Australia, but we need your help.
We really do need your support more than ever.
Can you help by making a donation by 30 June?
It costs $144.00 a night to provide safe and secure accommodation at Catherine House. This also includes all meals, professional case management support and the opportunity to access a range of services including education and employment. It is also the start of ending their homelessness.
No matter the amount, it all adds up and means we are one step closer to ensuring our vital service can continue. Ensuring the hundreds of women who need our support each year, will not be left out in the cold.
If you can help, please know how grateful we are for joining us in this urgent call out for support.
Catherine House Inc
PS: If you have made a donation recently, we sincerely thank you for your support. It’s one step closer to keeping our doors open.