About Homes of Hope
Homes of Hope is a dedicated program we conduct every International Women’s day mobilising corporate volunteers to refurbish and restore women’s crisis accommodation and/or transitional shelter to support women and children escaping domestic violence. Homes of Hope is part of our Brush with Kindness Program. The Brush with Kindness program mobilises teams of volunteers to refurbish crisis accommodation and may also include landscaping and minor repairs to the exterior of homes of people who may be disadvantaged, disabled, socially isolated or escaping domestic violence. Habitat can deliver full-day activities for teams between 10-15 people within 60 minutes of the Sydney CBD. In Melbourne and Adelaide, teams can expect to take part in building homes for Habitat partner families. Several studies have been conducted to show the positive impact volunteering can have on staff well-being, team morale, staff performance and even company performance. Find out what the 5 benefits of corporate volunteering are here.
International Women's Day
During International Women’s Day 2021, we mobilised more than 20 teams of corporate volunteers across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria to assist women and children who are experiencing homelessness often due to domestic and family violence. This program has a strong gender focus supporting women-headed households. Volunteers helped to renovate and make improvements to housing and shelter for these families. Join us in 2022 for a full day of team building and get your staff motivated and inspired while making a difference to the lives of women in Australia.
Domestic Violence and Homelessness
The work we do in Australia makes the world of difference for women and children who are living in crisis accommodation, temporary and transitional homes. Even something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can make them feel valued, secure and safe. We believe everyone deserves to have a safe and decent place to live, however this is not always the case, even in Australia:
- In Australia, there are 116,000 people who are homeless.
- Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness in Australia:
- 1 in 6 women (or 1.6 million) experience physical or sexual abuse from a past or current partner.
- 1 woman is killed every 9 days by their partner as a result of domestic violence.
- Sadly, there are over 158,000 children younger than 12 years who are homeless.
What Corporate Volunteers Say
98% of volunteers who completed our survey rated this program as Excellent or Very Good.
“This was an extremely humbling and life-changing day. I’m so incredibly grateful for the experience.” – Boral employee
“I felt really enlightened and inspired after this day, with a new appreciation of the perspective of issues like this. Keen to get involved with Habitat for Humanity in future events!” – Arup employee
Habitat is undertaking a range of measures, in line with the latest government announcements, to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and those we are supporting. We will be limiting team sizes where necessary and managing our behaviours to ensure adequate social distancing and hygiene.