Prayers are an­swered

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page -

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.

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