Our organisation

Guthrie House Co-operative Incorporated is a not-for-profit transitional service for women, including women with babies in their full-time care. Guthrie House is the only service of its kind that supports women who have a history of alcohol and other drug abuse and current involvement in the criminal justice system. This can include release from a correctional centre on a community-based sentence such as a Parole Order, Probation Order, Drug Court Order or Intensive Correction Order.

To be eligible for admission to the Program a woman must:

  • be involved in the criminal justice system;
  • be homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • have a history of drug and alcohol issues; or
  • be a pregnant woman with one or more of the above criteria.

Guthrie House accepts women who are aged 18 years and over. It is one of the few services that accept women who have babies in their full-time care and/or are participating in pharmacotherapy treatment, including methadone or buprenorphine.

The Guthrie House Program is comprised of a residential component of three months and an after-care component of up to twelve months. The Program provides women with safe and secure medium-term, transitional accommodation and the wrap around supports needed to address their offending behaviour, prevent and reduce re-offending, and successfully transition to sustainable long term housing.

Clients have access to a full range of support services to address their needs, including accommodation, twenty-four hour support and supervision; programs focused on relapse prevention, life skills, and healthy living; specialist ‘in house’ support services including a Family Worker, Health Worker and Mental Health Worker; as well as established partnerships that facilitate access to both specialist and mainstream support services.