Emerge Stories

Emerge Stories

Read about some of the people we have worked with and who work with us.

An initiative to provide women and children with the initial money they need to secure a private rental property and make it their home has received over $49,000 from The Funding Network. The funds were raised during a ‘pitch’ night held by The Funding Network with Emerge receiving the much-needed funds to establish the Fresh Start Fund. Beth Wallis, who delivered the pitch, said she was thrilled with the result and how engaged the audience ...

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Julie is cuddling a six-month-old baby girl. The baby is not hers but for the moment, she is caring for her as though she was. A qualified child care worker for over thirty years, Julie is working at Moorabbin Magistrates Court every Tuesday as part of Emerge’s new child minding service. She is supported by an Emerge volunteer. The service began earlier this year and word is beginning to spread about the program, and the support it can provide ...

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Sam* is excited. For the fourth day in the row he has sat down for an evening meal with his mum and sister at a dining room table. For the six-year-old, this is a novelty. He used to sit in front of the television and eat alone. Sam and his mum and sister are benefiting from a Flexible Support Package that Emerge has been able to put together with funds from the Victorian Government. The package provides up to $10,000 to support survivors of ...

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Jennifer Wu has seen the devastating effects family violence can have on families. She has seen the effect first hand on families she has known growing up. This experience has galvanised her into volunteering with Emerge as well as study law and commerce. She also works part-time with Telstra. “I hope to focus on family law so that in the future I will be able to do what I can to offer support women and children need,” Jennifer ...

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Welcome to 2019, the Year of the Pig which is associated with opportunity and expansion. This certainly reflects what is happening at Emerge. This year is one of opportunity as we continue apace with the building of the new refuge, which will provide flexible accommodation for women and children escaping family violence. The refuge will enable us to support more women and children in crisis and through their journey to safety and ...

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In May Emerge will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its arts therapy programs which have changed the lives of women and children. Emerge has one of the longest running arts therapy programs in Victoria, and its results have inspired many family violence services around the world to investigate establishing similar programs. emerging heARTs will see Emerge supporters, and past and current clients gather at a very special party to celebrate the ...

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Sofia* and her two children know only too well what it is like to live in extreme fear. After escaping violence, she fled her partner and was living in temporary accommodation. For a while she thought she was safe until her former partner found her in a shopping centre. Fortunately, she was referred to Emerge, and through its involvement in Safe at Home, a Victorian Government initiative, Sofia and her children are being supported in many ...

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Emerge is one of three organisations that have invited by The Funding Network to pitch an idea aimed at keeping people out of homelessness. Executive Officer Paula Westhead will spearhead the pitch for $40,000 to provide funding for a Rent in Advance trial. If successful the money would be used to fund one month’s rent for women and their children, who otherwise would be sleeping in cars, couch surfing or staying with their ...

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Kirsty Budge is on a mission to create a mural with children as part of her time with Emerge as community artist. The children, currently supported through Emerge’s Arts Therapy program, will work closely with Kirsty to create an intuitive based artwork. Kirsty says the piece will be a true collaboration, guided by trust and respect for each other, and imagination. Kirsty Budge is thrilled with being appointed community artist, saying it is a ...

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Art therapist Jane Gronow understands the effect of trauma on children and their mothers.  She has worked in conflict zones such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Russia and Myanmar, seeing first-hand the effect of gender based violence on women and children.  As a drug and rape counsellor, she has helped women tell their devastating stories in a bid to heal their hurt. Each experience has left Jane reaching out to the power of art therapy as one way to ...

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