Prayers are answered
A NEWLY refurbished convent has begun restoring lives in Kalamunda.
The $7.5 million 20-bedroom St Emilie’s facility for young women in crisis was officially opened by Housing Minister Peter Tinley on Friday.
The Esther Foundation-run mid-term accommodation facility will cater for up to 40 women.
“The St Emilie’s project provides a muchneeded resource for young women; young mothers and teenagers aged 13 to 33 years who would benefit from the safe, structured and supported accommodation program,” Esther Foundation administrator Rodney Lavater said.
“Our new purposebuilt residential premises will change the lives of many young women facing life-controlling struggles and issues, encouraging them and offering them the opportunity to reach their potential in life.”
St Emilie’s is a partnership between the Department of Communities, the Esther Foundation and Community Housing Ltd.
The department bought the 2.6ha site and associated assets for $3.9 million, contributed $200,000 to the fit-out and leased it to Community Housing Ltd, which subleased its management to the foundation.