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Manly Daily: SMS Lighthouse single mothers’ support Josie Parata

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

NORTH SHORE, Rod Bennett, Manly Daily, March 10, 2016

SMS  Lighthouse chief executive Josie Parata says she wanted the organisation to be a place where women in the community could come and be directed to ­safety.

Ms Parata began SMS Lighthouse in 2008, after leaving her marital situation which amounted to years of physical, verbal and emotional abuse.

She described Lighthouse as a “one-stop shop … to help those who don’t know what to do next, and inform women of what they were ­entitled to in our community”.

She said entry was free, as she did not want to hinder these distraught women in any way.

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