Three Sistas support their community
Homelessness and unemployment can often leave people with feelings of isolation and can result in a dependency on welfare. The Three Sistas housing initiative, based in Cairns, was the brainchild of social entrepreneurs Janet Guthrie and Stuart Wright. Since 2011 it has been providing affordable housing to people in crisis and transition
The organisation provides a place where people can live and be supported in all aspects of their lives. With many people travelling down from Cape York to Cairns for medical and other reasons, it is a much needed service in the community.
Janet and Stuart have over thirty years’ experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Their passion for social equality and inclusion is currently helping over 200 local Indigenous people.
Three Sistas manages 66 low cost units and the staff engage with all those who reside there in order to make them feel supported and secure.
ICV volunteer, David, recently worked alongside the staff to further develop their skills to be able to provide the best service possible to their tenants. The staff and management wanted to improve their policies and procedures to be able to better manage the properties.
The improvements have resulted in a more efficient and sustainable organisation. With the new systems in place, Three Sistas can continue their work to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by providing quality social housing.
The project was so successful that Three Sistas have invited ICV back to help secure funding to extend their accommodation.
“It really is quite a clever and enterprising project and I have a lot of respect for the work which Janet and Stuart do. The organisation is for Indigenous people, and it employs Indigenous people. It creates an environment where kids have some great role models to look to. Kids see the workers turn up in the morning and work solidly through the day and that’s great for them to see. The whole system is reinforcing the idea of community.”