Every woman who is pregnant or has a new born should be surrounded with the support she needs during this important time. However, not every woman has shelter, stability or support. Some may be at risk of violence, experience homelessness or be completely isolated. For over 22 years, Karinya House has provided immediate support for women who are pregnant or have new babies and have nowhere else to turn. We provide safe housing, casework, support during pregnancy and birth and connections to health, welfare, legal, educational and financial services. Karinya House for Mothers and Babies is a community based, grass roots, local organisation, supporting women in Canberra and the surrounding Region, who are pregnant or early parenting and in crisis. We invite our community to share in this purpose.

Our service, which operates on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis, is located in the ACT and provides professional and specialised support to women throughout Canberra and the surrounding regional areas. Since the establishment of Karinya House on 29 September 1997 through to 30 June 2019, we have supported over 2,300 pregnant and parenting women, as well as their babies and families.

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

20 years of service to the community, since opening our doors on 29 September 1997. Privileged to walk alongside so many women in our community - women of resilience and perseverance.
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Humans of Karinya

Through the years of Karinya, there are many people who have become part of the story of Karinya. The women remain paramount... and around them are the community, the village that has grown since 1997. We are collating along the way snippets that perhaps reveal the nature of Karinya House... from the Humans of Karinya. These narratives show courage, resilience, learned knowledge and wisdom. Gifst of the Human Spirit that we witness every day in every person that is part of the story and nature of Karinya.

Names and situations have been changed and merged. Stock images have been used as representative of women supported by Karinya House. Any similarity to a person is therefore coincidental, as the stories here will represent aspects of stories of many women who have found some time and space through their Karinya experience.
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We provide a 'person' to walk alongside a woman, who is pregnant or early parenting, and has no-one walking alongside her. This is not an easy period of journey for any woman.. and being along through that journey, impacted by crisis or trauma.. without anyone supporting you..

An hour of support costs just $66. A night of shelter and residential support costs $500. A day of outreach services costs $440. A day of midwifery support costs $440. Karinya House provides this support 365 days a year. On average, to support each Woman, through this life journey, costs $9,000 - $10,000. What can you invest in the life journey of a woman who is part of your village.

Make a Donation and Be a Friend. Be a part of our stories through our eNewsletter and our website, and on Social Media. You will see the return on your investment in ways that do make a difference to someone’s world. We welcome you joining us.

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Our Goal $486,200
Currently 343081