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Great Lakes Womens Shelter

Project 2020


We have been operating for just over 2 years now in the Forster Tuncurry region after a need was recognised by the community for a shelter to help to keep women and children in the area safe from Domestic and family violence, and to assist women and children who are experiencing homelessness.

In that time (as of March 2018) we have provided shelter for 66 women and 94 children.

This number is always rising, and we are having to turn away hundreds of women and children every year due to our limited capacity, the rise in women reporting domestic violence as well as the housing crisis that we are facing, the Great Lakes does not have enough affordable and sustainable housing to meet the demand. 

Our families face many hurdles in obtaining a private rental after becoming homeless, and we are able to provide them with the support and framework to empower them to obtain and then manage their tenancies in the future.

We currently have 2 properties, both of which we lease, so our big goal for sustainability to be able to continue to support the women and children of the Great Lakes we are currently fundraising to build our own shelter that is purpose-built to provide the women and children with the space and amenities they require while rebuilding their lives. 

We are calling this Project 2020, and we aim to have a six bedroom shelter built by the end of the year 2020. We have a great design that can be readily adapted for a perfect shelter. The budget is just short of $1M, and we are hoping to be able to fundraise $400,000 toward this goal. 

So we are calling out for your help in achieving this dream. 

If you are able to help, you will be helping a woman and her children the opportunity to stay safe from violence and start their lives again.

Every woman and child deserves to be safe from harm.

Help Great Lakes Womens Shelter to reach their goal of $400,000

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Contact Details

PO Box 484

(02) 6555 9835

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Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.