We aim to make the shelter feel as close to an ordinary home as possible.
The 2 GLWS residential homes include shared kitchen, dining, lounge room, laundry and bathroom.
Depending on which property you go to, there will be either 2 or 3 families in residence.
Each woman has their own room which is shared with her own children.
Residents agree to the conditions of stay, which are designed to promote safety, harmony and security for past, present and future residents and staff.
Residents attend regular house meetings which helps to maintain a stable home, discuss shared cleaning rosters and resolve any issues.
Case workers and residents work together to develop case plans to meet individual needs.
Areas specifically addressed are, safety and housing support as 1st priority, and other areas may be referrals for financial, medical, counselling, parenting support.
Due to the nature of our staffing, we are presently unable to support women with un-managed drug and/or alcohol addictions, current drug usage or un-managed mental health issues.
Some of the support you can receive at the shelter:
We have specialist Children's Case workers who work alongside the parents to support the ever changing needs of the children in shelter.
Together we will work toward agreed goals to improve outcomes for children affected by domestic violence and homelessness in the Great Lakes.
We currently only receive a small amount of funds towards our child support program, therefore we only have limited capacity for staff to work with and support the children who come through the shelter to decrease the impact of the trauma they have experienced.
We offer individualised school holiday programs where possible and a range of support and development activities for the children during their stay.
We aim to enrich the lives of each child throughout their stay, meeting health outcomes, decreasing impacts of trauma and have fun while we do it.
We offer a crisis outreach support program to women and children in our community, who identify that they need support for domestic or family violence, homelessness and/or the multitude of factors that result from those issues.
Outreach support can be provided while you wait for a room to become available in shelter, or if you are not in need of accommodation, outreach can still be provided to help you to get through your crisis situation.
We also continue to offer outreach support to families after they move out of shelter, to support them through the challenges of healing and starting over after homelessness and experiencing domestic violence.
We aim to improve self-esteem and to empower each woman and child throughout all of our programs.