Media Release

29 November 2016

New McAuley House Media Alert

MEDIA ALERT

DATE: Wednesday 30 November

PLACE: McAuley House, 1 – 3 Pickett Street, Footscray 

TIME: 11AM

SUBJECT: McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation hub for women who are homeless opens

McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and support hub for women who are homeless opens today in Footscray.

Jess, who was once homeless before coming to McAuley Community Services for Women, will be at the media launch to talk about the importance of this new building and the support that McAuley gives to women.

This includes finding new housing, access to medical, financial and legal advice and assistance, education and employment, and social and recreation programs.

The $11m building has been largely funded through the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea ($7m) and the Victorian Labor Government ($4m).

Jocelyn Bignold, CEO for McAuley Community Services for Women, will also be at the launch says that McAuley House is fresh thinking in design for women who are homeless.

Media inquiries: Penny Underwood on (03) 9818 8540 or 0409 9252 99.

About Jess

Jess is 25. Jess experienced bullying at school, which resulted in poor mental health. She was susceptible too to verbal and emotional manipulation, sometimes from her family and often by comparative strangers. When she arrived at McAuley House, she had three goals: to build her mental strength and learn to become more independent so she could move into her own home; to sing with McAuley Choir as part of the No Excuses! Choir; and to build her confidence and her singing ability to audition and gain a place in the Melbourne Gospel Choir. She is still working on her third goal.