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Sister Betty Schonfeldt, an Adelaide Sister of Mercy, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours list.

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Sr Betty was recognised for her outstanding work over 25 years as the founding administrator of Carrington Cottages, a boarding house for 50 homeless men in Adelaide.

“Together with the hundreds of men who have been tenants at Carrington Cottages since the late 1980s, we salute Sr Betty Schonfeldt for her leadership and her unstinting efforts to provide safe and affordable accommodation for men on low incomes,” said Dr Bill Griffiths, chair of the Carrington Cottages Board of Management.

“Sr Betty is widely regarded as an icon in the homelessness sector, an inspiration to all of us who seek to provide shelter for the homeless in Adelaide.”

“Carrington Cottages is an association that leases two 19th century terrace houses in Carrington Street, near Pulteney Street, from Housing SA.

“We are most grateful to Housing SA for their recent decision to allocate funding to renovate these two buildings,” said Dr Griffiths.

“Come the end of this year, we will have single room accommodation for up to 60 men – an additional ten rooms, an additional ten men with somewhere to live.

“We are also very grateful to the Adelaide Sisters of Mercy who were able, for so many years, to offer us the invaluable services of Sr Betty as administrator,” he said.


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