Your official update from the Wellington Women's Boarding House committee. We can create a world where every woman has a safe place to call home.
Kia ora koutou,
 
Thank you so much for all the support. This month we celebrated reaching 340 'Likes' on our Facebook page. For us social media means we can, at no cost, reach people who might need our service and not know where to go or who to ask. Please keep sharing our posts and recommending us to friends, family and colleagues. You never know... it might make a world of difference to someone you know.

International Women's Day
This International Women's Day we celebrated by doing what we do best - providing a safe and affordable place that women can call home. The theme this year was 'Make It Happen' and all across the world organisations and campaigners celebrated women's achievements and called for greater equality. We did our part too - by building our relationships and reputation with key stakeholders we are ensuring a safe and secure future for women, and making their voices are heard by the people that need to listen on issues that really matter.

Women's stories
Last week Margaret, our House Manager, helped one of our younger residents, who is about to start her studies, move into a new flat. The weather didn't help, but thanks to a donation from Kaye we have loads of bedding that will help to fight the chill now that the weather is turning colder. Thanks Kaye!

Are you redecorating?
One question we always ask is 'what makes a house a home?'. Many women arrive at the House in difficult circumstances and with few personal possessions. If you have any pictures, lamps, mirrors or lampshades you would like to donate please do get in touch. We want to make all our rooms look welcoming and some rooms are in desperate need of more significant redecoration. Please consider donating anything that can help to make our house a home.

Thank you!   
Earlier this year we received a $500 anonymous donation towards our core work. Thank you whoever you are! It is greatly appreciated. 

Many thanks go out to everyone who responded to WWBH for new and pre-loved towels.  We now have plenty to go around, are well-stocked and are truly touched by your generosity.  Special thanks  go to Johnny @ Abrakebabra and staff at the Ministry of Health; also, Denise, Helen, Sophie, Alison Cadman, the great people at Chorus via Judy Kerr @ Volunteer Wellington and everyone else who contributed.
 
Thank you also to Kaibosh for their weekly donation of fresh foods and bread and Jennifer who kindly delivers it and to Good Bitches Baking for yummy cake every Sunday. 
 
A big shout out to Emma Huntley for lots of pre-loved shoes and clothing!  Thank you to Maryann Liddell and also, the good ladies of Zonta Mana, for collecting lots of miniature toiletries and donating them to the House.  These are gratefully received by women new to the House who perhaps arrive with little or nothing.  If anyone else has stockpiled these lovely little gifts from their various Hotel visits and would like to pass them on to us, we would be very happy to receive them.

Can you help? 
Last month we launched our campaign to enable supporters like you to give small amounts regularly. Asking for financial contributions is one of the hardest things we do but without you we wouldn't be able to help the huge number of women who pass through our doors. A regular donation means that we can commit to long-term projects and improvements while keeping our accommodation affordable. Thank you to everyone for this secure, regular, and much needed support.

And finally, all the team at WWBH would like to congratulate our board member Beth, who is taking some time out to care for her new baby. Beth managed a huge portfolio of work which made a real difference in the services we provide to our residents.

Ka kite anō. 
For more information on the Wellington Women's Boarding House go to wwbh.org.nz or contact manager Margaret Speirs on (04) 977-0453 or house@wwbh.org.nz.
 
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