Our Programs

The Sanctuary Program

Houses into Homes

Our Sanctuary Program transforms houses into homes for people who have escaped domestic violence to start their new journey with dignity, free from abuse.

Our dedicated volunteers work hard to create a Friends with Dignity Sanctuary using items donated by our supporters—household and personal care items, gift cards and financial donations.

We work on a referral basis only through registered referring agencies who contact us with a request.

The referring agency tells us a little bit about the family–how many people will be living in the home, how old they are, if there are any special requests which then helps Friends with Dignity personalise their sanctuary.

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Making the
magic happen

This is where YOU our amazing supporters come in.

Through the list of donations

We go through the list of donations we’ve received, and put a call out through social media for additional items we need for the sanctuary

Collecting donated goods

Our volunteers start collecting donated beds, bed linen, towels, crockery, glasses, basic kitchen appliances, white goods, couches, TV, pantry items, toiletries etc

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We also source any of the special requests from the family to create princess bedrooms, books about space or dinosaurs, a quiet study space for senior year, or nursery items for a two-month-old baby

Transforming houses

With the donated items we are able to transform an empty shell into a welcoming home and sanctuary for families to rebuild their lives with hope and dignity

We never know their names

We never meet our clients nor do we ever know their names. We work through our network of referring agencies to ensure our clients’ privacy is always protected

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We are here with no judgement but to ensure they have a friend they may never meet and are treated with dignity.


Many of the families write to us through the referring agency with feedback and those letters make it all worthwhile. Our little friends often send a drawing, and those not only bring a tear to the eye, but they remind us of the profound difference we have all made to that family. It’s about making a difference to “One Friend at a time”.

Our participants stories

Mum and her three children were absolutely ecstatic with their new home! Mum was excited from the moment she stepped out of the car, and that excitement only grew when she had the pleasure of opening the door to her new home. Watching the family explore their new home was a heart-warming experience, and it was clear that they were thrilled with their sanctuary.



Every donated item and dollar raised makes a profound difference to the families we support. There is no such thing as a too small or too big a donation, every bit helps

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With $5: Roasting Pan, Dish Drainer


With $10: Storage Containers, Cutting Boards, Tablecloths


With $25: Full Utensil Set, Dinner Set, Baking Set


With $50: Microwave Oven


For $600 we can fit out a complete Kitchen and $260 will set up a Dining Room.


With $5: Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Handwash, Shampoo & Conditioner


With $10: Personal Care Products


With $30: Mat Sets


With $50: Sets of Towels


For $1115 we can fit out a complete family bathroom.


With $10: Potty, Toilet Ladder


With $20: Wipes, Mobile, Cot Linen


With $25: Nappy Bag, Play Mat


With $50: Baby Monitor, Bouncer


For $840 we can fully set up a Baby Room


With $5: Consumable Products


With $20: Iron, Ironing Board


With $50: Vacuum Cleaner


For $600 we can set up a Sanctuary with Laundry and Utility products


With $25: Floor Lamp Vases, Scatter Cushions


With $50: DVD Player


With $100: Bookshelf, Coffee Table


With $200: TV, Wii, Xbox


With $400: Computer


It costs more than $2000 to fully set up a Lounge Room.


With $10: Pillows, Bedside Lamp


With $25: Clock Radio, Sheet Set


With $50: Doona inset & Doona Cover


With $100: Wardrobe


For $1115 we can fit out a complete adult bedroom.


With $20: Sheet Sets, Doona Sets


With $30: Doona, Clock Radio


With $100: Bed Frame


With $200: Mattress


A complete Child/Teen Bedroom setup costs $1000


With $10: Welcome Mat


With $200: Outdoor Setting


Outdoor products for a Sanctuary can be fully provided for only $250

Join Us

We invite all Australians to join us in supporting survivors of domestic violence as we work
towards building a nation free from domestic violence.