The development of a Local Women’s Shelter for women experiencing homelessness or domestic violence has been brought to its much anticipated conclusion.
A few selfless members of the Ku-Ring-Gai and Hornsby Community came together a year ago to begin work. Only a year later, the efforts of those involved and the final product of great teamwork and compassion were celebrated last week on Thursday evening.
The ceremony acknowledged the overwhelming community support that made the facilities finalisation possible. Types of community support ranged from a black-tie ball that raised $60,000 to a garage sale held by Hornsby Shire Councilor Mick Gallagher that raised $500.
The local media were also singled out for their support, helping rally the community, promote fundraising and spread awareness.
“After that first meeting last year we had more than 60 volunteers and it only grew from there,” steering committee chairman John Lockyer said.
The public support has been breathtaking – the pantry cupboard is well and truly stocked and there are enough toiletries to last a year or even two.
“The generosity from the public has been staggering.”
The facility can house up to 10 women at a time and, as John says, “a real touch of love has gone into its preparation.”
“In one way it’s extremely disappointing that Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai need a shelter like this at all,” said Hornsby Shire Councillor Nathan Tilbury, who was a member of the shelter’s steering committee.
“The sad reality is that we do need it and the community have come together to deliver it.”
The outstanding success that this project has proven to be has had major repercussive benefits of an even larger scale. It has encouraged the Women’s Community Shelter, the North Shore group that has been involved from the beginning, to establish more shelters throughout New South Wales.
“What an incredible journey it has been so far,” Women’s Community Shelter CEO Annabelle Daniel said.
“The public support has been breathtaking – the pantry cupboard is well and truly stocked and there are enough toiletries to last a year or even two.”
The location of the facility cannot be given as issues of security can arise. However, it is in the local area, close to public transport, a police station and shops.