SUPPORTING MEN, WOMEN & FAMILIES WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS OR SOCIAL ISOLATION
Dom’s Place shares its name and values with our friend Dom, a delightful young man who was involved with CatholicCare until his passing in 2021. It operates as a ‘one-stop-shop,’ an inclusive space where people can feel safe and connected. Some people pop in to get a meal, wash their clothes and chat with a social worker to address housing needs. Others come and play a game of pool, use the computers and connect with employment pathways. Case management, counselling, groups and mental health supports are available, as well as referrals to other services as needed. Other local services also operate from Dom’s Place including legal, housing, cultural, financial and medical services. With skyrocketing cost of living pressures, the need for our services in growing in demand daily.
People can drop in when they like, no appointment is needed. We are located at 9 Leonard Street, Hornsby and we’re open between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. See the current program here.
I have been engaged with other services but they were too clinical and overwhelming. This is much more welcoming.
Dom’s Place celebrated its 12 month anniversary in April 2023 and welcomed over 4,000 visitors during that time. We currently welcome around 150 people a week. We encourage connection through BBQs, a working group that repairs bikes for children in need, pool competitions and other regular trips and excursions. A recent survey shows 100% of those interviewed advised that Dom’s Place had increased their sense of wellbeing and belonging in the community.
We are seeing some incredible outcomes:
- Clients are engaging more with CatholicCare services and are achieving better outcomes. They’re bringing their friends and other people they have met to Dom’s to seek support from staff where they may not have previously reached out.
- Rough sleepers are accessing the services onsite and are becoming more open to housing supports.
- Substance use in some clients has reduced as they are engaged in a routine, accessing groups and embracing the connections offered onsite at Dom’s.
- Some clients have advised that they want to volunteer at Dom’s Place in the future or explore studies in community services which is wonderful to hear and gives us confidence that our services are making a difference.
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