This is the final newsletter for 2018. I thought it timely to recap on the year:
- This year we have had 16 women (including 3 grandmothers) and their children in the house. All of these families have gone on to start new, safe lives. Some we have helped resettle, others have found their own way forward
- We have developed stronger partnerships with local allied services – the police, WDVCAS, DV Line, Link-to-Home, FACS and FACS Housing, NSW Health, pro-bono specialist legal services, allied community service organisations, lower north shore domestic violence network and many local community organisations
- We continue to receive amazing support from our community – through fundraisers, donations in kind and grants. Without this support we could not operate to help our families
- We have over 40 active volunteers. You are the lifeblood of Mary’s House – helping us to operate at all levels
- The board of NSWBA have confirmed our direction for the next year: continuing to provide refuge accommodation; increasing post refuge support and continuing to work collaboratively with the community
I know there are also personal stories that many of you share – the changes we see in women and their children from the day they enter the refuge to the day they leave; the confidence they achieve in this time; the wonderful comments they sometimes make: “being in Mary’s House is like being in the womb”; “I still think with great love of the support I received when I was in Mary’s House”; “I would not have been able to start afresh without the support of Mary’s House” and so on.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your contribution to Mary’s House. It doesn’t matter how big or small that contribution is – every little bit helps. We are very proud to be offering one solution to the epidemic that is domestic violence and you are very much a part of that.
I wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.