"I love visiting The Esther Foundation, where I see an empathic environment in which damaged and vulnerable young ladies can overcome their problems and get their lives (back) on track. The Esther environment provides hope, understanding and a sense of belonging, key factors facilitating recovery. It empowers the young ladies to help themselves and enables them to help each other. This is the Recovery Model that forward-thinking communities in other parts of the world are successfully using to help people turn around their lives. Well done all of you at Esther!"
David Clark
Emeritus Professor of Psychology  

“I support and commend you on the commitment and dedication of The Esther Foundation in supporting young women in Western Australia”

Robyn McSweeney MLC
Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering: Women’s Interests

The Esther Foundation is a well known and respected not-for-profit organisation here in Perth”
Dr Graham Jacobs MLA
Minister for Mental Health

"In my capacity as a consulting Clinical Psychologist to the Esther Foundation, I have had the opportunity to witness first hand, over the past year, the genuine caring afforded each and every young woman admitted to this program. As a consequence of this genuine connection, the women develop the courage to explore and overcome the challenges that brought them to the Esther Foundation. It is my hope that I will continue to be involved with this excellent program long into the future".
Dr Kevin Pyle

Clinical Director
The Kairos institute

“I have in the course of my duties referred troubled young women to the Foundation’s South Perth Facility and can confidently say that none have again come to the adverse attention of the courts”
Magistrate Kevin Fisher
Western Australian Magistrates Court

“The Department is aware that The Esther Foundation provides a uniquely holistic approach to assisting young women to health and restoration. The comprehensive range of services that The Esther Foundation provides has been instrumental in creating a change climate for many Departmental clients and their children.”
Cheryl Barnett
Executive Director
Department for Child Protection

“The comprehensive nature of the program has given many young women the opportunity to make significant changes in their lives”
Milan Soactar
District Director

Department for Child Protection

“The Esther Foundation has a mandate - to restore lives in need - they do so with respect and dignity recognising the uniqueness of each individual. We recognise that our children are our future, the Esther Foundation strives to restore that future for girls facing the transition to adulthood. I am inspired by the positive energy I have witnessed.”
Professor Fiona Woods AM Cit.WA
Australian of the Year 2005

“The good work Esther does in the community… this service is needed”
Etza Peers
Clinical Nurse Consultant

Alcohol & Drugs
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

“Esther has been utilised by Drug Court and CATS as a credible treatment service providing a high level of support to participants..”
Lynton Piggott
Team Leader
Court Assessment and Treatment Service [Drug Court]

“I have no hesitation commending the excellent level of service Esther Foundation provides to this department and members of the community”
Jo-Anne Ludlow

Senior Officer Children Services

Department for Child Protection

“The services provided by Esther House have proved to be of significant value to both their clientele and the broader community”
Meredith Girvan
A/Senior Casework Supervisor
Community Justice Services
Department of Justice

“I am delighted to write in tribute and testimony to the community aspect of Esther House”
Reverend Howard Eaton

John Wollaston
Anglican Community School

“I would strongly commend to you the work that the Esther Foundation is doing, not only in the schools but in the wider Perth community as well”.
Karen Brooks


Penrhos College

“I cannot stress enough the importance of the work being done by this organisation for the young women of Western Australia  …they not only provide an invaluable service but they are a credible, efficient and transparent organisation”
Hon. Kate Doust MLC

Member for South Metropolitan Region

“It is so encouraging to see many women given a place to heal spiritually, emotionally and physically. I certainly have been encouraged by your hard work and graciousness to my clients that I have referred in the past.”
Sue Johnston

Mental Health Social Worker/Counsellor
Mills Street Centre Bentley

“Thank you so much for inviting me to visit the Esther Foundation..  to meet all the beautiful ladies.. I was totally inspired by their stories.. to have the help of the Esther Foundation is incalculable, being a very settling and safe influence over all of them.”
Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi

Office of the Lord Mayor

City Of Perth

“Your [Patricia Lavater] enduring spirit to establish and maintain the Esther Foundation to serve the needs of young women in crisis is well deserving of your Australian of the Year nomination. Your Commitment to others and compassion have positively changed the lives of young women and their families”
Hon. Ljiljanna Ravlich MLC
Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields – Esperance; Youth

“I look forward to working with the Esther Foundation in ensuring that the community continues to benefit from its services”
John McGrath MLA
Member for South Perth

“I would ask everyone in the community of Western Australia, especially business people, to consider the great work of the Esther Foundation as worthy of their financial support. These services are vital to ensure people in need are cared for and set on a stable path to allow them to contribute positively to our community.”
Dale Alcock
Dale Alcock Homes


“You are a truly worthy recipient of  this [Citizen of the Year] Award which recognises the contribution you have made through your tireless work in assisting young people trying to escape homelessness, abuse and addictions. I admire your commitment and dedication to helping young people who without your support may have otherwise fallen through the cracks” [In a letter to Patricia Lavater/Director]
Senator Judith Adams
Liberal Senator for Western Australia


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