Here at BaptistCare HopeStreet, we have just passed the four-year anniversary of the heartbreaking death of one of our own. Tara Costigan was a valued BaptistCare employee who provided care and services to the aged and vulnerable.
A co-worker and a friend to many of us, Tara gave comfort, support and dignity to those in her care. She enabled the many people she served to stay at home, and live independently for as long as possible. This well-loved Mum to three beautiful children was vivacious with an infectious laugh and a wicked sense of humour.
All women and children have a right to live a life free from violence. Will you help us?
One of the most heinous crimes of domestic and family violence, Tara’s death sparked movement. Over the last four years, we’ve seen domestic and family violence brought to the forefront in news headlines and annual marches. Significant changes in policy, planning, legislation, and critical Government funding has also come to life.
During this time, BaptistCare HopeStreet has been at the frontline; a safe haven for women and children fleeing violence to run to. Providing secure crisis accommodation and emergency finances, we work with individuals and families to help them secure appropriate long-term housing, no-interest loans, and financial stability.
Tara’s legacy, her Angels
BaptistCare HopeStreet’s Tara’s Angels provides a round-the-clock personal caseworker for up to two years - at no cost - for the survivors attempting to rebuild their lives. Without the support of people like you – none of this would be possible.
There remains a certain perception that domestic and family violence only happens to select segments of our community. Family and domestic violence does not discriminate.
They are more than statistics. They are mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, neighbours, colleagues and friends, and so much more… just like Tara was.
“Some of our clients come from very professional backgrounds, some from economically sound families, while others haven’t had the same opportunities available to them,” said Danny Guest, manager of Tara’s Angels.
Tara’s Angels has supported over 100 families since it began helping women rebuild their lives in October 2016. Sadly, demand for this and our frontline services are increasing.