Lord Mayor Clover Moore supports the Sisters of Charity Scholarship Program
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, recently donated $40,000 to the Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship Program. This generous donation will enable two young people achieve their dream of going to university. Read more...
NUNS ON THE RUN
Thank you to our supporters of the Nuns on the Run City2Surf Team. With your help we have raised over $18,000! Read more...
First Student to Graduate from the Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship Program
Amber Boatman the first student to graduate from the Sisters of Charity Tertiary Scholarship Program for young people who have lived in out-of-care received a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame, Sydney on the 17th December 2014.
Amber Boatman is an inspiration and a leader. Growing up with her two brothers in a single parent family with a mother who battled drug and alcohol addiction meant her early life was challenging and unstable. She went to 7 different primary schools, moved house several times and when her mother died of an overdose she was placed in foster care. Tragically she was separated from her brothers who went to separate foster homes - a sad reality for many siblings entering the foster care system.
Such a traumatic start in life can often lead to compromised educational outcomes. In fact, less than 3% of young people who have been in out-of-home care will go onto any form of higher education compared to around 40% of the general population.
But intelligence, hard work and financial support from the Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship Program has enabled Amber to beat the odds. Amber is now a graduate from The University of Notre Dame, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and on the way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a lawyer. She currently works part-time at the Aboriginal Legal Service. Read More
The Asylum Seekers Centre
The Sisters of Charity Foundation recently formed a partnership with the Asylum Seeker Centre to provide quality transitional housing for asylum seekers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Homelessness is the most critical issue for those seeking asylum. Approximately 45% of community based asylum seekers are homeless and unable to access any form of government subsidised housing. Around half are not entitled to seek work and approximately 30% have mental health issues associated with torture and trauma.
Access to decent housing is fundamental to helping people overcome some of the very difficult issues they face.
Through this agreement the Sisters of Charity Foundation will provide quality housing for asylum seekers while they receive vital care and support services provided by the Asylum Seeker Centre.
Asylum Seekers Centre Signing - Click Here
Asylum Seekers Centre Housing Project - Click Here