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Our vision coming to life

Our vision coming to life

Since we opened the first soup kitchen and first women’s refuges over 60 years ago, Northbridge has been Ruah’s home. It is central, well-serviced and the ideal place for our life-changing Ruah Centre for Women and Children.

Ruah has a vision to replace its aging building, at 33 Shenton Street in Northbridge, with a contemporary, architect-designed wellness centre for women and children who are rebuilding their lives after domestic violence.

Enhancing Northbridge

At seven storeys, the multi-million-dollar centre will be a similar height to a number of other buildings in Northbridge, and will blend tastefully into its surrounds with an attractive façade and discreet private entries. The comfort and security of our residents, neighbours and the businesses nearby are important and our goal is to create a safe, welcoming facility that sits quietly in the streetscape.

Project status

The Perth Local Development Assessment Panel approved the project on Thursday 7 April, 2022.

Construction commenced in November 2022.

Detailed operational planning is progressing with a range of stakeholders including women with lived experience.

Caring for our neighbours

We are preparing a carefully thought-out construction management plan to minimise any inconvenience for our neighbours during the build. More information will be distributed to homes and businesses adjacent to the site with progress reports available on this web page.

Have your say

We are always keen to hear ideas and suggestions that can help us improve the project. Your opinion is important so please follow this page or subscribe to our mailing list below to receive news from Ruah.

You can also contact the project team by emailing [email protected].

Join us on the journey

The new Ruah Centre for Women and Children will not only be life-changing for the women and children under its roof, it will also help drive community change – shifting the perceptions, attitudes and behaviours that allow family violence to continue.

We thank Lotterywest, the Australian Government Department of Social Services and our generous philanthropists for their support of the Ruah Centre for Women & Children.

If you would like to support the project, and help families find a safe and happy future, please give generously.

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Broadcasting a message of happiness and hope

As a successful community health advocate, broadcaster and public speaker, people could be forgiven for thinking Katherine Houareau has lived a charmed life.
But after surviving five suicide attempts, years of sexual and emotional abuse and attempted murder at the hands of her former husband, the vivacious mother of two knows exactly how tough life can be.
“Good management of bad experiences is what the journey to recovery is all about and that has to start inside ourselves.”
Now, at aged 49, Kat has found her happy place. She is one of Ruah’s first domestic violence advocates and is making her mark as a champion for mental health and suicide prevention.

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