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Weekly Message - 15th August
It was a great night last week with guest speaker Dick Babb from the Hornsby Kuringai Women’s Shelter. The cheque passed on to Dick was for $750.00, which goes a small way to the $400,000.00 required each year to run the shelter.
The report on the guest speaker is below and also on our website.
Please can you make sure that you fill in the roster for the Multi-Cultural Day next Saturday, August 20th and Daffodil Day Friday, August 26th. Rob and David are organising these events.
Yours in Rotary Geoff
Guest Speaker 8th August
Our guest speaker last night was Dick Babb, Treasurer of the Hornsby Kuriggai Woman’s Shelter.
They are a registered charity operating for a little over 12 months following a planning period of around 12 months.
The age of women they have taken in ranges from 18 right up to 75. The average stay is usually 3 months except in exceptional circumstances. They accommodate up to 10 women at a time, usually two to a room.
During their stay (and afterwards) they are provided with counseling and mentoring to overcome their trauma and get them back on the road to employment and independence. Women that find housing are also given a $500 grant towards setup costs. Unfortunately there are cases where they can’t find permanent housing and some of these women end up doing the rounds of a number of shelters.
The Shelter cost $400k a year to run. Up to 80% of the budget is wages for the support workers, however all admin is done on a voluntary basis. They receive no direct government funding.
They try not to take in females with children as these are normally top priority for the government to help.
Their research has shown that women not accompanied by children have the greatest problem getting shelter and support and are the ones most likely to end up homeless. They are not set up to deal with Alcohol and Drug problems and these women are normally referred to other services.
Currently there are 45,000 female homeless in Australia which places us in the top 3 in terms of percentage of the population, higher than America and England.
They have 3 Programs at the moment. "Rent It - Keep It" is a Program where they try and get the women into public housing. The "Mentoring Program" where staff and volunteers counsel the women to help them get their life back on track and last a program where they go to schools to educate students on Domestic Violence and Anti Bullying, sometimes bullying is the first step towards domestic violence.
They are holding their first major fundraising event, a dinner at Roseville Golf Club in December, this is $150ph with a silent auction and a major raffle prize of a $10,000 Westfield Voucher, tickets are $100each.
The Rotary Club of Hornsby made a donation of $750 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Hornsby District.