A final piece of inspiration

FAREWELL: Dubbo West School as Community Centre local facilitator Tanya Andrew with Inspiration House’s Mary Ann Hausia, Jackie O’Hare, Robyn Stack, Maureen Hollow and Lorna Brennan. Photo: Orlander RumingIt was a bittersweet Tuesday for the staff of Inspiration House as they handed over one last donation to a Dubbo organisation.
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After 27 years, the organisation which assisted women escaping domestic violence had to close its doors as they lost the tender.

However, Inspiration House chose to use the thefunds they still had to help groups like the Dubbo West School As Community Centre.

Overall it donated about $23,000, including $11,000 they handed over on Tuesday,Inspiration House committee member Mary Ann Hausia said.

Dubbo West School as Community Centre local facilitator Tanya Andrew said she was very thankful to Inspiration House for their donation.

The money will go towards redoing the centre’s outdoor area, including the installation of a cubby house, soft fall and a swing.

Ms Andrew said there were about 80 families who used the centre throughout the year, which meant a lot of kids would benefit from the money.

A domestic violence program at Brewarrina and the Bunningyong Community Centre were also given donations.

Inspiration House encompassed Dubbo Women’s Housing, the Dubbo and Wellington Domestic Violence Counselling Services, Inspiration House Cobar Case Management and Inspiration House Coonamble Case Management.

Ms Hausia said the organisation had seven homes available for women in need.

Inspiration House Cobar Case Management and Inspiration House Coonamble Case Management were taken over by CentaCare Wilcannia Forbes and Mission Australia respectively.

Dubbo Women’s Housing has been taken over by Orana Support Service Inc.

When the tender was lost, committee member Maureen Hollow said some of the Inspiration House staff joined the Orana Support Services’ board.

“It was a way we could keep in touch with our women and see that they were still fully supported,” Ms Hollow said.

“When they cut the five contracts down to two, domestic violence lost its originality and just came under the realm of homelessness.”

Ms Hausia said there was a hole in the region that needed to be addressed.

“I do really feel that there’s a big gap in the community for housing and support for people escaping domestic violence because there isn’t a specific place for women to go to. It could be similar to a men’s place where women can get together and share their knowledge,” she said.

In the last 12 months there were seven staff members working at Inspiration House, but Ms Hausia said there had been 15.

The staff cut a farewell cake at the cheque donation to mark their last moment together.

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