Karinya House was initially the vision of a small group of people in the Canberra community, who wanted to do something practical to support pregnant and parenting women, especially those who were without appropriate accommodation and support.
In August 1993 a Trust was established to raise funds for a suitable home for this service. The goal was to raise $250,000 through community fundraising and donations to establish this new place. With much community support, this financial goal was reached in 1997. At this point the ACT Government came on board and agreed to provide, at reasonable rental, a house in Belconnen. In 2003 we opened a second house nearby, which was called Erin House, named after founding members, Erin and Reg Mills.
Karinya House Home for Mothers & Babies Inc. was opened as a community based, not-for-profit organisation. It provides supported accommodation, transitional housing, outreach, support groups and casework services to pregnant and parenting women and their families who are in crisis.
Our service operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We support women from Canberra and the surrounding regional areas. It is still the only residential and outreach service specifically for pregnant and parenting women in the region.
Karinya House has now entered its twentieth year of operation and as of 30 June 2016 has supported 5,557 pregnant and parenting women. Karinya’s women are amongst the most vulnerable and at risk women in our community and without the care, counselling, practical assistance and support services that Karinya provides they and their babies would face a very uncertain future.
Horizon – Future Vision
A large part of Karinya’s success has been our valuable partnerships. We collaborate extensively with the community sector and also with health related and care and protection services. Our partnership with the ACT Government continues to be very positive.