Catherine House was established in 1988 by Sr Ann Gregory, a Sister of Mercy teaching at St Aloysius College. The sisters noticed there were a number of homeless women in the city and saw the need to establish a place to support these women. It is named after Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Catherine House offers emergency accommodation and support services for women experiencing homelessness, accommodating up to 54 women at any given time..
All the programs and services are recovery-oriented. They not only deal with the immediate issues that have led a woman to a period of homelessness, but also work with the women to plan for a future that helps sustain her housing and build a life that is meaningful and purposeful for her and her family.
St Aloysius College supports Catherine House through donations raised from Mercy Day Carnival and Walkathon Day.