Camden Valley Inn pledges $150K for opening of first local women’s shelter
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
SYDNEY, 29 JUNE 2021: Lewis Land Group is pleased to announce the Camden Valley Inn will be supporting the opening of the region’s very first women’s shelter through an annual donation of $30,000 for a five-year term, a total pledge of $150,000. The Camden Women’s Shelter, which is currently being built by not-for-profit organisation Blue Wren House, will be the first in the Macarthur and Wollondilly region.
Dubbed the ‘Porchlight Program’ by Blue Wren House, the shelter will provide safe, supported accommodation for five women and their dependent children for up to three months who are escaping domestic, family violence or homelessness. It is expected to open in November 2021 with the assistance of the local community and Council.
Camden Valley Inn General Manager, Kayla Seeney, said the venue was proud to be involved in such an incredibly worthwhile project.
“A strong sense of community and providing a safe place for our locals to connect are at the heart of the Camden Valley Inn. We are always looking for ways we can support and empower people in the region. We are hoping that through our donations to the Porchlight Program, we will be able to change the lives of women and children who truly need this support. Our annual donation of $30,000 for five years will help fund the running expenses of the shelter, and keep the lights on for the Porchlight Program for years to come,” said Kayla.
Shelters are incredibly important in helping to meet the growing demand for crisis accommodation for women. Currently in Australia, more than one in two women are turned away every night due to there being no capacity, according to data from Blue Wren House. The Camden Women’s Shelter will provide safe, supported accommodation for women and children in time of homelessness or escaping domestic violence.
The Porchlight Program has already received tremendous support from the local community and Council, which has seen expenses for a refurbished three-bedroom cottage and a two-bedroom second dwelling on the site already paid for. However, ongoing help is needed to cover recurring expenses such as food and accommodation, as well as medical, legal, educational and other crucial support programs.
The shelter is also calling on the local community for regular donations of household items such as food, toiletries, cleaning products, stationary, toilet paper and more. To find out how you can directly help the Porchlight Program, visit https://www.camdenwomensshelter.org.au/ .
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