Current Project- Place of Grace
Respectus is working with Dale School for Young Mums, The Canopy and Family Support Newcastle, Nova for Women and Children & the University of Newcastle on a project to provide accommodation and support needs to help young mums achieve their educational goals.
The project is to prove intergenerational change is possible with an intervention approach and aim to shape a whole of client collaboration model that can be replicated across other communities. Respectus hopes to source more permanent accommodation solutions especially for young mum’s to live close the Dale School to reduce one of the barriers in completing their education goals.
Past Project- Trisha House
In July 2016, Respectus signed a lease for an old convent and in October 2016 the renovation officially started. This property had the potential to provide safe, secure and respectful temporary accommodation for up to 13 women with or without children, an office space and was close to shops and public transport.
The property was eventually named after Trisha, who was murdered by her former partner in the Newcastle/Hunter region. Phase one renovation of Trisha House was renovating the office space and accommodation for up to 7 single women. This work was completed in 2017.
Phase 2 renovations started in March 2017 again working with our partners, Newcastle Lions Club, Wallsend/Maryland Rotary Club, Newcastle Sunrise Rotary Club and Got Your Back Sista. This work was completed in May 2018.
The project took almost 2 years to complete and involved many volunteers, not only from the organisations above but also from many trades and businesses who donated their time, materials and furnishings to help Respectus revitalize an old, tired property into a ‘home’. Nova for Women and Children now manage the property and case manage most of the clients in residence.
Trisha House has had just under 100 women with children live in, some for a few days and others for several months. As at today, Nova for Women and Children staff worked hard to achieve an 85% success rate for women finding safe, secure, sustainable housing. Compare this with a 25% success rate for women leaving refuges and the Trisha House accommodation model is working towards a better future for women and their children.