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Esther Foundation guides women in crisis to a better life

Providing a safe environment to live and development courses for women in crisis, the Esther Foundation now runs a café, catering company and clothing store to boost employment opportunities while fundraising for their cause.

It can be hard to see the light if you’re in the dark depths of crisis, which is why organisations like WA's Esther Foundation are so crucial to supporting our WA community.

In 2006, the Esther Foundation was founded and established as an independent organisation by Patricia Lavater to serve the needs of young women in crisis in WA.

Providing residential housing to young women and their children alongside programs that offer full-time assistance following challenges such as domestic violence, family breakdowns and depression, the Foundation currently houses over 70 women and their children over 15 residential spaces.

With a safe and nurturing environment in which to live, the women are provided with broad ranging health, development and leadership programs that aim to restore their confidence and empower them to live a bright future.

And the Foundation has continued to grow over the past 12 years, now offering the opportunity for the community to connect with the Esther girls in mutually beneficial ways.

An idea that came about by chance has seen The Foundation flourish by creating training opportunities through The Esther Café, The Esther Recycled Boutique and Catergirls Catering Company.

The café (next to the Cygnet Theatre in Como) is run by the young women in the Esther program, allowing them to earn their Hospitality II certificate as they create delicious baked goods and fine tune their barista skills in a warm community environment. The boutique (also in Como) provides the opportunity for Esther women to gain retail experience selling high quality recycled fashion recycled for excellent value.

Most recently, the catering company, Catergirls is building momentum. The women are also working towards their hospitality certificate while catering for various events. However, they’re currently self-funded and regularly have to turn down larger catering requests until they’re able to afford the food transport vehicles and equipment to cater for big events.

As these women strive to create a better future for themselves and their children, the power of & is evident with the support of the Foundation and the community working together. If you’re craving hummingbird cake or chocolate brownies, pop down to the friendly faces at The Esther Café or if you have clothes not getting the attention they deserve, contact the Esther Boutique and give your clothes a new life.

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