Please give generously to the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal


Please give generously to the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal

Lucy was pregnant and homeless when she came to Houses to Homes.


Her mother wouldn't allow her to live with the family and the baby's father had become abusive when Lucy* decided to keep their baby. Desperate and alone, she had nowhere else to go.

"When we met Lucy, she was in a dishevelled state. The little work she had wasn't enough to cover rent, so she was sleeping in her car and staying with friends," Louise Masters, Houses to Homes Manager recalls.

With health care, pregnancy and parenting support, as well as financial assistance, Lucy developed essential parenting and independent living skills. By the time her baby boy, Matthew*, was born, Lucy was able to create a safe family environment for them both.

By the grace of God, and with thanks to charitable Christians like you, today Lucy and her baby are healthy, happy and living in a more permanent home where they feel safe and secure.

*Names changed to protect privacy

Homeless young mothers desperately need our help this Christmas.

For more than 30 years, CatholicCare's Houses to Homes has been assisting disadvantaged pregnant girls and young mothers aged 16 to 25, who are experiencing abuse, hardship and homelessness.

The need for shelter and support has increased with the pandemic, putting an even greater strain on staff and resources.

Your compassionate gift and prayers today will give marginalised young women like Lucy a safe, secure and loving environment to care for their children and the chance to feel hopeful about their future. Thank you for your kind-hearted generosity.

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv
Bishop of Parramatta

Please help homeless young families to find a place to call home.

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Gifts over $2 are tax deductible. A tax receipt will automatically be emailed for single donations.
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Thank you for your heartfelt prayers and support.

Because of your kindness, CatholicCare’s Houses to Homes can continue to provide safe shelter and emotional and practical support to young mothers like Lucy facing abuse, hardship and homelessness.

May the Christ child bless you and your loved ones this Christmas and give you His strength, peace and love in the New Year.

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv
Bishop of Parramatta