We helped 1392 women and children in 2019-20.
Women kept safe from family violence
Able to go home safely after family violence
Children supported aged under 10
Women who'd been homeless accommodated
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‘And so it began…’
In 2001, at a home in Melbourne’s west, two Sisters of Mercy waited with excitement and apprehension for their first client.
Soon, a taxi pulled up. ‘Out stepped a larger-than-life woman,’ Carole recalled. ‘She yelled at the top of her voice: “Is this the safe house?”
‘At last I can breathe’
After years of transient housing and homelessness, 'Natalie' still can’t get her head around the idea that she now has her own place and can, at last, make long term plans.
It’s another step forward in her long journey of recovery from mental health challenges, homelessness and debilitating physical injury.
Our annual report 2019-2020 is now available
Despite the challenges of COVID, our 2019/20 annual report, now available, shows that we supported 1392 women and children, an increase of 18 per cent compared to 2018/2019.Read More
‘Making time’ – COVID hasn’t stopped our dedicated volunteers
When two new volunteers came on board to help us last year – one with a law degree and the other a doctor – you probably wouldn’t have predicted that they’d end up running Bollywood classes.Read More
New homes, new beginnings
Fourteen women supported by McAuley are now living in brand new homes in the heart of Footscray. They had all experienced longer-term homelessness and are now ready for exciting new futures and greater independence.Read More
Generosity through the generations
A 13-year-old girl, with empathy for women who are homeless, was inspired by her socially aware grandmother to help bring lovely finishing touches to women's new homes.Read More
Feeling ‘blessed’: how a new job led to a new beginning
The simple sharing of a birthday cake with work colleagues meant so much more to Amrita, who was building a new life after family violence.Read More
With a little help from our friends – fresh and delicious food still on the menu
Fresh, low-cost and delicious – that’s always been our goal for the meals at McAuley House. COVID-19 has made that more challenging but great support from Victoria's Government House and Lentil as Anything have kept things ticking along.Read More