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From the Executive Officer – August 2019

August 8, 2019

This week is homelessness week in Australia. It is a week which is of enormous importance to us here at Emerge, as we see daily the reality of women and children escaping violence at home and as a result becoming homeless.

The last year has seen Emerge supporting a total of 309 women and children, including 83 being housed in crisis accommodation and transitional homes, with many experiencing homelessness before coming to Emerge.

It is all too easy, as I know well, to become immune to the figures and data about homelessness, or when we talk about those at risk of homelessness. But each time I talk to a woman or child supported through our services, I am starkly reminded that homelessness is not about stats or numbers. It is about real people.

In the many conversations with our women, what we continually hear is that they would have liked more education earlier in life, to help raise their awareness about what family violence is, what financial abuse is and what to do if it happens to them or someone they know.

It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we are one of four Australian organisations receiving international funding through Zonta’s international centennial fund, to run a young women’s empowering program in four schools. I invite you to read more in this newsletter.

Like many not-for-profits, we rely heavily on volunteers and their skills to support our work. In this newsletter, I hope you enjoy learning more about Amy who for the past year has been visiting two women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds to help improve them improve their English. Jill Allan, another volunteer, has used her librarian skills to set up a marvellous company called StoryCycle, which recycles once-loved books to others. Emerge is one of the beneficiaries of her passion.

Finally, we are inching closer to opening our 24/7 refuge. One of the high points will be a sensory garden filled with herbs and edible plants which are perfect for cooking with. The garden, we believe, will become a central haven for mums to meet, and children to play.

In the meantime, I encourage you to join us on Facebook.

Warm wishes

Paula

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