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Mama Lana’s Community Foundation (MLCF) is dedicated to supporting our often forgotten homeless and underprivileged community in the Penrith region. They provide home-cooked meals six nights a week as well as holistic support to people suffering homelessness, enabling them to advance their well- being and prospects for future independence. More info
Meet the presenter: Lana Borg, Founder
After cooking for firefighters during the 2013 Springwood bushfires, Lana realised there were plenty of people in the Penrith area she could help. Guided by the words ‘kindness with no strings attached’, the grandmother and full-time aged care worker set up Mama Lana’s Community Foundation with her husband, Roger, to offer people suffering homelessness with a welcoming environment and a home-cooked meal.
Zara’s House exists to provide a safe and supportive place, where refugee and Australian women in the Newcastle area can create shared experiences, make friends, and share stories and skills. They offer a range of support programs, including language classes, citizenship test preparation, women’s health, child development and family relationships, to empower migrant and refugee women and enable them to better settle into the local community. More info
Meet the presenter: Sister Diana Santleben, Founder
A Dominican, Sister Di has devoted her life to helping others. She believes “People do not forget the generosity they have been offered during their early days in Australia and their loyalty to the country that has assisted them will persist for generations.” Sister Di is driven by this passion to educate migrant and refugee women and create meaningful connections for these women in their local community.
The Sanctuary Women’s and Children’s Refuge is one of the only refuges in the country that offers temporary crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence with their pets. The pets stay with women and children in units, which Simone and her loyal supporters have made welcoming and secure. The refuge also offers holistic support to help these women build healthy, safe and independent futures. More info
Meet the presenter: Simone Patterson, Founder and CEO
Simone began her welfare career as a prison officer. She immediately recognised that domestic violence was a major social issue: services available were negligible. After gaining tertiary qualifications in Social Work, years of experience, networks and resources, Simone is now following her dream of helping domestic violence victims. Understanding that women often stay in violent relationships for fear of leaving pets behind, Simone set up The Sanctuary – a refuge that welcomes animal companions.
TFN is a charity too, and we love what we do but we can’t do it without your support. By donating to The Funding Network, you are helping us connect more grassroots changemakers with everyday Australians who can support the vital work they're doing in our local communities. Quite simply by funding TFN you are funding grassroots social innovation.