Pingaree House

"Pingaree" is an Australian Aboriginal word that means "to turn around". Pingaree House is the second of our establishments for people with accommodation needs, and comprises of 34 self contained units as well as a community kitchen and lounge area. Most people who come to Pingaree are facing a life crisis for a variety of reasons including financial crisis, domestic violence, gambling, alcohol or drug addictions.

Pingaree House is a joint initiative between Ecumenical Christian Welfare and the New South Wales Department of Housing. As well as providing crisis accommodation for a period of up to four weeks, we also provide transitional accommodation for periods of between 3 and 6 months. In addition to private self-contained units we provide three meals a day to those in the crisis section. Case management, basic counselling and spiritual counselling as well as a chaplaincy service are available to all clients.

Although we are a Christian Organisation, we welcome all who come to us, without discrimination. We care not what religion, gender, marital status or orientation people are - Pingaree House is a safe place for all who wish to turn their lives around.

Some pictures from our official opening on February 21st 2007.

Archbishop Ronald Langham, CEO of Ecumenical Catholic Welfare, addresses the assembly.
Ms Judy Spencer, Area Director, addresses the assembly, with some of our new residents relaxing behind.
Archbishop Ronald presides at the official blessing of All Saints Chapel, our spiritual retreat at Pingaree House.
A local newspaper article announcing the opening of Pingaree House
Enjoying some lunch in the new community room
Our very casual Minster of Housing, Cherie Burton, inspects the new premises
A view of one area of the Complex
The crowd gathers for the official opening