01 Sep 2020

Homeless service navigating way through pandemic

The Southern Cross  |  September 2020

Homeless service navigating way through pandemic

Virtual events, creative ways to raise money and not planning too far in advance – that’s the new reality for Catherine House as it tries to navigate the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual events, creative ways to raise money and not planning too far in advance – that’s the new reality for Catherine House as it tries to navigate the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the organisation which supports women experiencing homelessness was able to continue operating throughout the pandemic, a major hurdle looms as it seeks to maintain the funding needed to keep its programs running.

“We are definitely concerned about what’s going to happen in the future,” CEO Linda Matthews told The Southern Cross.

“We rely a lot on donations from the community. Through the crisis we have so far not been too badly affected but we are more concerned about that for this financial year and beyond, as things get squeezed from people who normally donate. That’s going to be an issue for us.

“We’ve had to cancel three flagship fundraisers this calendar year and at the moment we have to be very cautious about what we’re doing because, like for everyone in this sector, it is such an unknown.”

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