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Women's House

A safe and supportive environment for women

Aboriginal women sitting on a lounge chair looking at you, behind her is colourful material screening the windows

Women’s House is a welcoming, safe and supportive open house tailored to the needs of women who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. Women who access the house may be socially isolated, in crisis or experiencing housing difficulties due to a range of life experiences, including family violence, poverty, sexual violence, physical and mental illness, trauma and problematic drug and alcohol use.

Open from 8.30am-1pm Monday to Friday, Women’s House provides case management, housing assistance and support, a meal at breakfast and lunch, a shower, laundry facilities, an opportunity to socialise with other women and participate in informal creative activities, and a sanctuary to rest.

The Women’s House case management service offers short to medium term support, which aims to resolve housing issues and establish access to health and other support needs. Case managers support women to resolve immediate crisis issues and work with them build their capacity to secure and sustain appropriate stable housing, and gain an overall improvement in their life situation.

Women’s House also offers structured wellbeing and personal skills development group activities two to three afternoons every week. Activities include an art therapy program ‘Creative Connections’, supported by the City of Port Phillip, yoga, cooking, and social inclusion and health promotion sessions.

Over 100 individuals visit each month, with about 24 per cent being refugees or recent arrivals. Many visit multiple times and sometimes with children. 500+ presentations monthly are typical. There are also women who do not know about the Women’s House, or are unlikely to present voluntarily. Our Support Workers identify and gently engage with women in the local community, so they are more likely to access support and services they need.

For further information please contact:
Women's House
T:  (03) 9536 8464
E:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or drop in weekdays to 65 Robe St, St Kilda. 8:30am-1pm.  Women only facility  
 

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0128,000Meals served through our meals program over the last year
070959Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
06,476Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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