Many women have been
by our support
JOSIE PARATA - the founder of
SMS Lighthouse, Single Mums Support
"As a single mother of four, I recognised that when I started walking life as a single parent there was not a lot of support. There was limited assistance available with administration and paperwork for Centrelink, The Department of Housing and with legal advice and procedures. At the time I remember wishing that there was just 1 service that I could attend who would assist me with all information needed. SMS Lighthouse today is that place that mums can come to in order to obtain all the information and documentation needed. I believe we are a one stop shop of assistance.
My personal experience led me to set up SMS Lighthouse, Single Mums Support. I have an Advanced Diploma of Community Services in Case Management and personally walk hand in hand with other single mums in crisis. I am very big on hand ups and not hand outs.
My ultimate goal is to support mums to reach a place where they too are confident and equipped to also walk hand in hand with someone less fortunate than themselves.
Since launching SMS Lighthouse, Single Mums Support in November 2009, there are now many amazing single mums who have stepped out and have overcome some of lifes difficulties. These women are now well on their way to living their best lives as strong and confident mothers and women doing the best they can for their children.
We, at SMS Lighthouse Single Mums Support, do not always have all the answers. However, we will support you as much as we can and connect you with other services in your area who can also assist you."
WE SUPPORT SINGLE MUMS TO GET OUT OF CRISIS AT NO COST
61% OF VICTIMS
HAD CHILDREN UNDER THEIR CARE WHILE THE ABUSE OCCURED
58% OF VICTIMS
HAVE NEVER REPORTED THE ABUSE TO THE POLICE
24% OF VICTIMS
HAVE NEVER SOUGHT SUPPORT
Information has been sourced from the ABS. Produced by The Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children (www.preventviolence.org.au) and ANROWS (anrows.org.au)
You are not alone. Come and share your story with us. We will guarantee your confidentiality.
You will find kindness, empathy and support. You will find answers for your questions, direction and a way out to a safer life.
Contact us now! This is the first step and you will have access to our support services AT NO COST.