At Juno, we are working on various projects all aimed at supporting women experiencing homelessness and/or family violence so that they can thrive in their communities.
Current and Upcoming Projects
EMPower Coaching Program
EMPower (Economic Mobility Power) is a program developed by Juno, based closely on a highly successful model created by Boston-based organisation, EMPath. EMPath is known worldwide for their coaching approach, which is founded on the belief that each pathway out of poverty is different.
The EMPower pilot will work in partnership with women who have experienced homelessness to set and reach goals across life domains including family, housing, health and wellbeing, finances, career and employment.
This exciting project has seen Juno develop a new approach to supporting women to recover from the impacts of trauma and build a strong, economically secure and thriving future for themselves and their families.
This project was funded by Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust (administered by Equity Trustees).
On Our Path Together
Older women aged 55 or over are the fastest growing cohort of homeless Australians. Despite this, a majority of the women in this group have never been homeless before and having never navigated service systems. These women don’t know where to go for help and aren’t getting it soon enough.
On Our Path Together is a peer education program that aims to prevent older women living on low incomes from experiencing homelessness through equipping women with the knowledge and resources to seek help early before they reach a homelessness crisis.
This project is co-funded by the Bennelong Foundation and Darebin Council.
Art for Recovery and Wellbeing Workshops
Juno’s Art for Recovery and Wellbeing Workshops feature a series of art therapy group sessions for women who have experienced homelessness and family violence.
Women who have experienced homelessness often have poor mental health outcomes; worrying about paying the rent, constantly moving from place to place, or living in fear of a violent partner, all take their toll. Trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as social isolation, are common amongst women that have experienced homelessness.
Research shows that the process of making art can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as promoting healing by allowing people to connect to their inner emotional experience. This valuable project will see women will work with an Art Therapist across two series of eight workshops. The group sessions will also provide opportunities for women to form connections with other women who have similar lived experiences.
Our Art Therapy Workshops have been kindly funded through Australia Post’s Community Grants Program and Harold Mitchell Foundation.
Rapid Response Clinic
Many low-income women are hanging on by a thread, just able to make ends meet with the current rates of welfare provision. Imminent reductions in JobSeeker and stricter criteria for those accessing JobKeeper means things are about to get even tougher for women living on low incomes. This is why we are working on introducing a Rapid Response clinic, where we aim to prevent these women becoming homeless by running a once weekly drop-in clinic.
The clinic will offer information and support to women doing it tough who need short-term assistance with tenancy rights, accessing private rental, navigating Centrelink, applying for public housing, and managing bills and debts.
Switched On: Digital Inclusion for Women
The Switched On project features a safe and accessible computer room for women who have experienced homelessness and family violence.
There is an increasing expectation that everyone in the community has the skills and resources to access technology. Managing Centrelink and Medicare claims, applying for work, or accessing a short TAFE course, for example, are now almost exclusively done online. This expectation, however, presents significant barriers to participation for homeless women who may not have a safe space to use technology, or the skills to carry out tasks online.
Our new computer space will be open to women for use at any time during business hours, with one of our case managers available to support anyone who needs one-to-one assistance for up to 5 hours each week.
This project has been generously funded by the Mercy Foundation.