Catherine House provides supported accommodation services to women experiencing homelessness in South Australia, who are 18 years and older, and unaccompanied by children.
Catherine House Inc was founded in 1988, as a partnership between the Sisters of Mercy, SA Housing Trust and the Adelaide City Council, to address an unmet service need for women experiencing homelessness.
In the subsequent thirty years, the organisation has both grown and refined its model and is now recognised as Adelaide’s only recovery based service for women experiencing homelessness. We believe that every woman is a woman of potential, with capacity and capability, and the right to the choices that lead to a dignified life.
Our recovery model includes two mental health programs, as well as a large number of in reach services from government and private providers, and pro bono partnerships with private providers, ensuring that each woman has the opportunity to link with the services she needs to recover from the issues that brought her into homelessness.
Key to our success is our education services which develop not only practical skills such as literacy and numeracy, job seeking, but also a self-development course that helps women who have experienced trauma to rediscover their voice, learn to make good decisions for themselves, and make plans for their future.
Our success has been recognised by Community Housing Providers, who report that Catherine House clients make good tenants because they have made steps towards stability and recovery, and are well-supported.
Across the organisation, we accommodate 48 women on a nightly basis.
Advocate | Collaborate | Engage
The Family & Domestic Violence Advocacy Network (FADVAN) is a South Australian multi-sector approach established in 2014 by Brad Chilcott, Welcome to Australia Founder.
To amplify the voices of family and domestic violence survivors and those who serve them by advocating, collaborating and engaging.
To unite professionals and like-minded advocates across organisations, businesses, community groups, service providers, ambassadors, survivors, religious bodies and the broader society who have an interest in preventing intimate partner and family violence across all communities.
Advocate: Support services providers in their campaign to keep family and domestic violence on the political and social agendas by influencing decision making and leveraging the strength of collective voice from all parts of society;
Collaborate: Provide an inclusive forum which connects people from diverse backgrounds to ensure priorities and initiatives align with the needs of ‘frontline services’ and promote gender equality;
Engage: Network with other stakeholders to create innovative community engagement strategies and events which raise awareness of intimate partner and family violence within all communities and the supports available to assist.