What is the Our Lady of the Way?

A supported crisis accommodation service for single women aged over 50 years who are escaping family and domestic violence. Members of our support staff are onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Who can access this service?

Referrals to our refuge are made by other homelessness services, Domestic Violence Line, Housing NSW, hospitals and any other organisation that has contact with women who are experiencing homelessness or require assistance and a safe place after domestic violence.

Where is the service located?

Our Lady of the Way is based in Western Sydney in NSW but due to the nature of the refuge the exact address is kept confidential.

Who benefits from Our Lady of the Way?

We welcome women, in particular single women 55 years and over experiencing homelessness through adverse circumstances or who are escaping domestic violence. We support women to improve their quality of life and personal circumstances. We help facilitate emergency accommodation, permanent housing, health referrals and building support networks. We welcome all women regardless of their religion, background or cultural preferences.

We provide both temporary crisis accommodation and mid-term refuge. In addition to supporting women to find suitable permanent accommodation, we also provide help with living skills, financial management, advocacy, legal rights, court support, welfare, community networks and referrals to community and government agencies on a case by case basis.

Can I volunteer for this service?

Although we do not have a regular volunteer program, we do have connections with church and school groups that will come and provide afternoon tea and craft activities from time to time.

How can I find out more about Our Lady of the Way?

Our Lady of the Way is fully funded by Vinnies and does not receive government support. If you would like to donate to help this service, please call: 13 18 12.

Our office is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Email: olow@vinnies.org.au

If you are you are in need of after hours or urgent assistance please contact the 24-hour Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63