Finishing touches will turn house into home

Future residents of Leia’s Place, Liana and Julie (Seton Villa)

Toasters, shower handles, walk-in baths, furniture – these are a few of the essential items needed for two new purpose-built homes for women with intellectual disability by Seton Villa, a work of the Daughters of Charity.

And with the first home’s completion date just five months away, Seton Villa is running a major crowdfunding campaign, Homes For Life, to raise $500,000 to fit out the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) homes in Sydney’s Ryde.

Homes For Life is a special crowdfunding campaign to support the finishing touches of their building program. The two new homes are the third and fourth in the Seton Villa community, built as part of its asset redevelopment program, designed to put independence and choice back in the hands of women living with intellectual disability.

“Seton Villa is replacing all its existing, ageing houses with brand new homes to SDA design standards, reflecting the value we ascribe to our residents,” said Seton Villa chief Peter Gardiner. “The much-needed funds raised by this crowdfunding campaign will turn the houses into comfortable and well-equipped homes.

“It’s the finishing touches – like kitchen appliances, soft furnishings and outdoor settings – that will give these houses a real sense of home and help give residents greater independence. However, to fund these items, Seton Villa needs community support.”

One of the homes, Leia’s Place, was named by one of its incoming residents, Julie , 60, who is a big Star Wars fan. Leia’s Place, due for completion in November this year, will have three bedrooms in the main house and a two-bedroom flat under the same roofline.

Details: The crowdfunding runs until the end of July. To donate, go to:


Seton Villa launches major Homes For Life crowdfunding campaign (Seton Villa)

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