St. Pat’s expands accommodation options for women
St. Pat’s is pleased to announce a newly revamped accommodation service for women. The volunteer-run, Sisters’ Place overnight crisis accommodation service is transforming into a new medium-term accommodation option for women this month.
“Sisters’ Pace has done a remarkable job over the last seven years, providing emergency overnight accommodation to women in need,” says St. Pat’s CEO Steve McDermott. “Run entirely by volunteer women, the service provided a safe place for women of all ages to go for short-term respite. We are so grateful for their years of service.”
McDermott says the new service has been created in direct response to the needs in the community. “Our research is telling us that the need for emergency overnight accommodation has actually decreased, whereas there is a pressing need for medium-term options, particularly for women.”
Helen Catalini established The Sisters’ Place in 2010 in response to the growing number of women on Fremantle’s streets. “I’m really grateful to the group of very dedicated volunteers who gave assistance to so many women over the years,” says Catalini. She says she is very happy to hand over management of the premises to St. Pat’s. “It’s timely that St. Pat’s is opting to dedicate the house to medium-term accommodation for women – a service that is in seriously short supply in the greater Perth area.”
The new service will enable women to stay in the accommodation for up to 12 months, supported by the experienced case workers of St. Pat’s. Emergency overnight accommodation for women will continue to be available from St. Pat’s Emergency Relief and Street to Home programs, located at St. Pat’s Day Centre.
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