A women’s shelter in south-west Sydney is one step closer to opening thanks to support from not-for-profit employment and training services provider, VERTO.

Biyani House Revesby Women’s Shelter (Biyani House) will open its doors later this year to provide short term emergency accommodation and a safe space for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

VERTO has donated $10,000 towards the shelter, which includes $5000 worth of white goods (including fridges, microwaves, toasters, kettles, washing machines, food processor) and a $5000 cash donation.

VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, said the organisation was honoured to play a small part in helping Biyani House Revesby Women’s Shelter support the needs of vulnerable women and children in south-west Sydney.

“Sadly, during the pandemic, the most vulnerable in our community are often the most heavily impacted,” Mr Maxwell said.

“That’s why it is important that VERTO continues to give throughout this tough time and support worthy community projects like Biyani House.

“VERTO aims to positively transform the lives of individuals, families and our local communities, and we see this donation as yet another way we can achieve this mission,” he said.

Biyani House Director, Sharyn Buhagiar said VERTO’s support will help the shelter begin providing crisis accommodation to vulnerable women escaping domestic violence and homelessness.

“Our community is crying out for a facility that can support the needs of women and their children who aren’t safe in their own homes,” Ms Buhagiar said.

“More than one in two women across Australia who seek a bed in a crisis shelter are turned away every night, mostly due to a lack of space.

“VERTO’s donation will help us purchase important appliances that our residents will use to perform everyday tasks like cooking food and washing clothes.

“As an organisation that relies heavily on the support of the community, we can’t thank VERTO enough for this support. Together we can make a difference for women and children escaping domestic violence,” Ms Buhagiar said.