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Time to listen

Update from the Chair NSWBA Board

Photo: Time to Listen

There are four women and numerous children in the House being case managed by our two part time case managers and our new Executive Officer, Maggy Farago.

Maggy, very experienced in this field, started on September 8 with a comprehensive induction schedule which involved meeting the team and our supporters as quickly as possible.  More about Maggy in the next bulletin. 

As well as assisting and screening residents, we remain ready to be of assistance as people need it.  For example, we may refer a woman to another specialist service who can best meet her needs.  We’ve also successfully transitioned a number of women and their children who’ve come through Mary’s House to stable accommodation away from abuse and violence – they come from our neighbourhood, from places around NSW, some have children, we’ve had all different nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds. One of our former residents sent us a thank you card saying, ‘I thank God every day for the Mary’s House family” which really moved us and is the reason we do what we do – she and her son are now safe and moving on with their lives.   

I was delighted to be on the panel for the sold out Time to Listen event which involved more than 50 church communities across seven denominations and was convened by the Northside Baptists. Executive staff from Baptistcare, CityCare, Anglicare, CatholicCare, Hillsong, Morling College, and St Vincent’s Health came together to talk about how we, across denominations, could model Christ's love for the victims of domestic and family violence.

Mary’s House remains 100% community funded and have some great organisational partners, including the Mater Private Hospital who covers a substantial portion of our operating costs. We are fortunate to have a veritable army of 80 volunteers who manage the enormous generosity that Mary’s House experiences.

Liz Mackinlay

Chair NSWBA Board.