When women find themselves at Catherine House, they are experiencing one of the most challenging times of their lives- they are homeless.

There are many reasons why women are homeless, they could be leaving a violent relationship, suffering from mental illness, experiencing financial hardship through job loss or relationship breakdown, or simply struggling to pay their bills which results in them becoming homeless. 

No matter the reason, women are in crisis when they arrive at our Emergency Accommodation Program.

Every night of the year Catherine House provides accommodation and support to 54 women. 

Catherine House offers a place of hope. A place she can start to recover from what has bought her into homelessness, but importantly she can start to make a change. 

A change, that will provide them with a better life.


Challenge for Change! 


We are inspired every single day by the determination and commitment women show to better themselves and their lives under the toughest of circumstances.

We are inviting you to challenge yourself, raise funds and make a change, just like the thousands of women who have come to Catherine House and changed their lives over the past thirty years. 


Your challenge in 2020 could simply be to raise funds or hold an event supporting Catherine House or it could be something more specific:


  • Personal fitness goal
  • Personal wellbeing goal
  • Run a marathon
  • Career Challenge
  • Education Challenge
  • Give up something - Coffee, alcohol, certain foods, technology

Funds raised from Challenge for Change will support women in their recovery and provide them with education and employment opportunities to ensure they end their homelessness and change their lives. 



Catherine House Inc

Catherine House provides supported accommodation services to women experiencing homelessness in South Australia, who are 18 years and older,and unaccompanied by children.

Catherine House Inc was founded in 1988 to address an unmet service need for women experiencing homelessness.

In the subsequent thirty years Catherine House has both grown and refined its model, and is now recognised as Adelaide’s only recovery based service for women experiencing homelessness. We believe that every woman is a woman of potential, with capacity and capability, and the right to the choices that lead to a dignified life.

Our recovery model includes two mental health programs, as well as large number of in reach services from government and private providers, and pro bono partnerships with private providers, ensuring that each woman has the opportunity to link with the services she needs to recover from the issues that brought her into homelessness.

Key to our success is our education services which develop not only practical skills such as literacy and numeracy, job seeking, but also a self-development course that helps women who have experienced trauma to rediscover their voice, learn to make good decisions for themselves, and make plans for their future.

Across the organisation, we accommodate 54 women on a nightly basis.




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