Stanford House to Close?
Stanford House to close?
Stanford House Inc. wishes to advise that its current occupation of the premises in Stanmore is due to come an end by 31st December 2014. The house is owned by the Trustees of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. We thank them for their generous support of our work since 1991.The Daughters of Charity have now issued us with a notice to vacate the premises.
Stanford House was started by Sister Sinead Clonan, a member of the Daughters of Charity, in 1991. She turned to the local community for volunteers and support and it later became a community based organisation when it was incorporated. The Daughters were actively involved with a permanent position on the management committee and they continued to supply the premises at nominal rent. We acknowledge this long association Stanford House has enjoyed with the Daughters of Charity, and appreciate that they may well need to rationalise their assets. The reality of this decision is that Stanford House will have to stop operating come the end of December, unless we can come to some other arrangement urgently. Stanford House Inc. cannot afford to buy this property nor pay commercial rent on a long-term basis. Stanford House will attempt to enter into negotiations with the Daughters of Charity to seek an extension and will be exploring other avenues in an attempt to continue to provide this unique service to the community affected by HIV. The provision of supported accommodation by Stanford House has enabled those most vulnerable to return to independent living with safety and dignity. Of the hundreds of people assisted through Stanford House, many still maintain links, some as volunteers and some still benefiting from our outreach program. The loss of Stanford House will be detrimental to the HIV support sector and to those already marginalised in our community. Stanford House is committed to its duty of care and of the welfare of its clients, staff, volunteers and benefactors and to the benefits that spread to the wider community. Stanford House is very concerned about the short timeframe to make suitable alternative arrangements for our current clients. Stanford House will welcome offers of support and advice during the next 6 weeks while we negotiate our future.
Please direct all enquiries to either Shane Kennedy or Bernard Dunne at;
Stanford House Inc. Ph: (02) 9519 5362 Fax: (02) 9519 5362Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Background
- Stanford House opened in 1991 as a service to people living with HIV seeking emergency accommodation. It will be celebrating its 23rd year of operation in 2014.
- Sister Sinead Clonan of the Daughters of Charity, conceived and oversaw the development of the project until her death in 1994.
- Stanford House is now a community-based, non-government organisation. In more recent years it has been largely funded by Health NSW.
- Additional essential funding is through a range of fundraising events, including regular barbecues, trivia nights, donations and participation in state-wide health initiatives and events such as Red-Ribbon Day.
- It is the only remaining accommodation house of its type in NSW, taking referrals and applications from across NSW.
- Stanford House offers short-term supported accommodation for up to four people at any one time.
- Stanford House works in close collaboration with other service providers and health professionals to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.
- An outreach service offers practical and emotional support for past clients.
- A management committee governs Stanford House and staff manage the day-to-day operations, supported by a small but dedicated group of volunteers and benefactors.
- The house has been provided by the Daughter of Charity at a nominal rent – without which this service could not afford to operate.
- Well-known Australian veteran actor and television personality Andrew McFarlane is the current patron of Stanford House. Stuart Wagstaff was the patron for many years until he announced his retirement.