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Client of Sacred Heart Mission's Women's House

Support women in our community

Sacred Heart Mission connects people, provides support and care services for adults of all ages and backgrounds experiencing homelessness, disadvantage, and social exclusion.

As an independent non-profit, we respond to the needs of thousands of the most vulnerable people in our community. We work with people with a background of complex disadvantage. People who have experienced multiple episodes of trauma and sometimes decades of homelessness.

In everything we do, our aim is to build people's capacity to secure stable housing and enjoy a safe, independent and active community life. No matter where they are in their journey, we support them.

To ensure ongoing relevance and sustainability, we are guided by our 10-year strategy (2014-2024) and 15-year financial plan (2015-2030). We lead research and innovation, passionately advocate for an inclusive, fair and compassionate community where people can overcome disadvantage and realise their full potential.

Delivering responses that make a real difference in people’s lives

Twenty per cent of the people who come to us are sleeping rough. A diverse range of people and experiences. such as sleeping rough, in cars or other improvised dwellings, frequent emergency accommodation, refuges or ‘couch surfing, living in inadequate housing such as boarding houses, over-crowded dwellings, caravans, and insecure tenancies or threatened eviction.

They often have a range of complex issues - untreated mental illness, chronic ill health, histories of trauma and abuse, unemployment, and substance misuse. They may have difficulties with emotional regulation as a result of their trauma. This means they may experience feelings of chronic emptiness and abandonment and frequently feel angry.

Ending homelessness is a lot more than providing a roof over someone’s head. It’s about creating a sense of welcome, building trust, and sticking with people along the way, to not only access housing but develop the skills to maintain their homes and feel socially included.

Drawing on our family of programs, services and networks, we work together with people in a way that embraces all their concerns – resolving immediate needs, overcoming persistent challenges and building momentum for a new and positive future. We provide opportunities for engagement, personal empowerment and improved health and wellbeing, as well as assisting with a wide range of needs, including case management, housing and crisis or longer-term accommodation for men, women and the aged.

We see new personal strengths, achievements and optimism unfold for people every day.

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About the Women's House

The Women’s House provides a safe and supportive environment for anyone in need who identifies as a woman.

Fundamental to our services are Engagement Hubs, including the Women’s House and the Dining Hall, both located in St Kilda. A Sacred Heart Mission Engagement Hub is a non-judgmental community space which welcomes people into a friendly environment. It works to build trust and a positive relationship which enables a person to seek support in their own time.

Professional Case Managers at the house help to resolve immediate crises and assist women to improve their life situation. In an average year the Women’s House opens its doors more than 7,000 times. Women come to seek support, a meal, a shower, a pathway out of homelessness, and a place to rest.

We provide options to vulnerable women to Secure food, clothing, amenities, and well-being support. Achieve safety from family violence, resolve and avoid crisis. Develop confidence, independence, and sense of accomplishment. Grow empowering social relationships and economic connection.

The Women’s House also helps women with housing, physical and mental health concerns, substance abuse issues, financial and legal matters, and social and life skills. Each woman is unique, but they all have one thing in common: trauma.

Why it's important to donate now?

Your support today is vital. COVID-19 continues to push women in Victoria to the brink, as they are unable to afford rent, mortgage payments or daily living costs. There has been a surge in cases of domestic violence in the last 18 months and women in our community need a trusted support network they can turn to when they are most in need.

Your generosity enables us to keep the doors of The Women’s House open, and continue this vital work to support the most vulnerable women in our community.

Thank you for giving generously to the Women’s House.

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Need more information?

Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.

 

Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a sexuality and gender diverse community; everyone is welcome at our table and we believe a diverse community is good for everyone.