Parramatta Women’s Shelter will open its doors for the first time this October. The new refuge will provide safe crisis accommodation for women and their kids. The Shelter will be able to welcome three large families at a time, meeting a real need in the community.
“It can be tough to find a safe place to stay in a hurry for mums with a few kids who are escaping family violence,” said Board Chair Liz Scully.
The Parramatta Women’s Shelter is part of the Women’s Community Shelters Network. On average, women stay 2-3 months in a shelter, providing vital temporary accommodation. The Shelter will also help the families staying there to access services they need including counselling, medical help, legal assistance, employment, education and training and financial planning.
Sadly, there are 56,000 homeless women in Australia every night, with one in two women who seek crisis accommodation turned away. Domestic and family violence is the main reason for women’s homelessness. Incredibly, it’s the leading preventable cause of death and injury for women aged between 15 and 44.
Parramatta locals have already warmly opened their hearts and supported the creation of a safe place for mums and their kids. Initial funding of $50,000 was raised for the Shelter by the Wentworth Point Community Action. This fantastic contribution was then matched by the City of Parramatta Council. The PAYCE Foundation has also backed the project by donating the use of two houses in the region. And additional support has been received from the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, the OLMC Parramatta Mercy Tree appeal, Bunnings BBQ and other fundraising initiatives.
PLEASE Support the Parramatta Women’s Shelter
A shelter costs around $420,000 a year to run! You can easily support the valuable work of the Parramatta Women’s Shelter, by making a donation. And follow them on Facebook to find out about other ways to help. Or come along to their High Tea fundraiser…
High Tea for Parramatta Women’s Shelter
In the lead up to the October opening of the Shelter, there’s High Tea in the Park on Sunday 13th October at Lachlan’s Old Government House in Parramatta Park.
Join us for a spring themed afternoon of high tea, inspiring speakers and a raffle to raise funds for the Shelter.
The High Tea package includes a range of delicious sweet and savoury munchies and a glass of bubbles. Under 18 year olds are welcome and will be provided with a non-alcoholic beverage.