We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the businesses and organisations who have chosen to partner with The Haven. Their support is critical to the existence of The Haven and without them we could not provide the services we do. Thank you for your generosity and belief in our community.
Women’s Community Shelter works with local community advocates and volunteers – men and women, as part of setting up new shelters. In our core work – establishing new shelters, we support each community through what we call the ‘project management’ phase. First engaging with and mobilising local communities to support the concept of a shelter in their neighbourhood, then locating suitable properties and collaborating with local community members all the way to opening. We also help recruit professional, qualified staff for each shelter.
We provide up to half of the start-up funding for each shelter, and follow our established model to make sure it has best-practice structures and processes. We centrally support each shelter in the short to medium term – underwriting up to two thirds of the ongoing operating costs for the first 2 years and half for years after. At the same time, we are building self-reliance by encouraging each shelter to develop a greater level of self-sufficiency in sourcing funding from the local community.
“There is always a lot of commentary on what we ‘should’ focus on in terms of domestic violence and women's homelessness. We agree that funding early intervention and prevention initiatives are important. Many of these are educational, and around generational change. The reality is that there are thousands of women per week, all around Australia, who cannot wait for society to change. They need help right now. Our shelters provide this.” Annabelle Daniel, CEO WCS
Panthers Penrith think that The Haven is another outstanding and much needed initiative for the Penrith community. It is alarming the number of women and children that require somewhere safe to stay here in the Nepean area and we couldn’t be any prouder to be invited to support such a worthy cause. While we hope that nobody needs to use The Haven, we are very thankful that Penrith have such a dedicated bunch of professionals behind them to support and assist victims of domestic violence in such a dire time of need.
Being a mostly female team, with a female founder, A&TA (Accounting & Taxation Advantage) feel strongly about supporting The Haven in Penrith. The statistics show that one in four women will experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner and we know this is something women can feel powerless to prevent. At A&TA we want to show these courageous women through both our support and that of our client base, that there is a community who believes in them and will help empower them in their time of need. Melissa Browne – Accounting & Taxation Advantage
The Haven are thrilled to be one of the 200 Westpac Foundation Community Grant recipients for 2018. The $10,000 grant will help us to employ dedicated case-workers. These amazing people advocate and liaise on behalf of The Haven’s residents to help secure long term housing, financial assistance and counselling, legal support, health and medical assistance, employment assistance, financial advice and much more. We are grateful for Westpac’s contribution toward building bright futures for our clients.