Located on the Gold Coast and established in 2015, My Friend’s Place offers a safe haven to women leaving a violent relationship.
My Friends’ Place is a not for profit organisation providing affordable short-term and emergency accommodation for women, from local areas and further afield, who are experiencing homelessness as a result of violence or abuse.
Recognising the critical lack of affordable accommodation in Queensland for these women, they have started by responding to that need and are hoping to expand in the near future so that there is space for any woman needing it.
The accommodation is fully furnished rooms in a shared house. All bedrooms are lockable, with the kitchen, bathroom, dining room, lounge, laundry and outdoor areas being shared. Rent payable includes utilities, internet access and some telephone calls. There is no time limit on how long women can stay and since opening, they have had women staying for one night through to women who now call My Friends’ Place “home”.
Information on relevant services and local amenities on the Gold Coast are provided, as well as welcome packages containing toiletries and extras. For those who arrive without personal belongings, the wonderful team of volunteers can help with some clothes and other necessities and can also store a small amount of personal belongings whilst women stay.
My Friends’ Place does not have any paid workers. The volunteers come regularly to make tea, listen, offer practical assistance, be a supporter, cheerleader, organiser and confidante and to help residents to connect with appropriate services.
The security of the tenants is very important and we therefore have very strict rules to ensure the safety of those living at each house. Leaving a violent relationship is a time of heightened risk so it is essential that all tenants follow the house rules to ensure theirs and other resident’s safety.
The goal is to provide a welcoming, safe, stable and comfortable place to live, with assistance to move on to the next stage of life – whatever that may be for each woman.
Please visit the website for more information.