We helped 801 women and children in 2020-21.

women kept safe from family violence

women who'd been homeless accommodated

women registered to our employment support program

supported by 2 or more McAuley services


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Our women’s employment service achieving great outcomes

August 10, 2021

Our women's employment support service is providing a pathway out of family violence and homelessness, helping women with the confidence and independence to leave violent relationships.

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‘And so it began…’

May 4, 2021

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?”

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‘At last I can breathe’

December 17, 2020

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.

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Our annual report 2019-2020 is now available

December 16, 2020

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.

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‘Making time’ – COVID hasn’t stopped our dedicated volunteers

December 7, 2020

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.

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New homes, new beginnings

August 27, 2020

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.

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Generosity through the generations

August 27, 2020

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.

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Feeling ‘blessed’: how a new job led to a new beginning

August 18, 2020

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.

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