I was pleased to attend the official opening of St Emilie’s in Kalamunda on 22 June 2018, which is now home to a new 20-bedroom crisis accommodation facility catering for up to 40 women between the ages of 13 and 33, in need of shelter and support.
The opening of St Emilie’s is a culmination of a process started under the former Liberal National Government – a project I thoroughly and continuously supported and advocated for.
Under the former Liberal National Government, the State Government purchased the site and associated assets for $3.9 million, contributed $200,000 to the fit-out and has leased the new facility to Community Housing Ltd.
The facility is now operated by the Esther Foundation in partnership with the Department of Communities and Community Housing Ltd.
St Emilie’s, a former convent, is situated on a rural 2.6-hectare block containing a small orchard, gardens and a creek. These features complement the Esther Foundation’s holistic nature of services based on healthy living, which contribute to a more stable living environment for young women.
The establishment is equipped with a modern kitchen, communal dining and living area, counselling rooms and an administration area.
The Esther Foundation’s residential program provides essential services for residents including education, counselling, group therapy, intensive support, vocational training, creative arts classes, mentoring programs and life skills classes.