JRS Winter Clothing Bazaar

On the 5th and 6th of July, JRS held its second annual Winter Clothing Bazaar. The Bazaar was an opportunity for people seeking asylum and living in Western Sydney to get warm clothing as the cold winter months set in.

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JRS awarded community grant to help build resilient, vibrant and healthy communities in the Parramatta LGA

The City of Parramatta has awarded Jesuit Refugee Service Australia with a community grant at a ceremony on Wednesday 29 June, 2016. The grant will be used by JRS to provide employment training and English language classes to people seeking asylum who are living in the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA) in order that they may become self-sufficient, connected, and productive members of the local community...

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The importance of sharing a meal together

While the arguments and politics of the issue continue, one thing I can do is walk beside, and share a meal, with those who are going through it. When I first heard abou...

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Arrupe Place Community Centre

  Despite meagre government assistance, ongoing discrimin...

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De-identifying asylum seekers isn't always about protection

In Australia, conversation about people who seek asylum often feels disconnected from the people – the real flesh and blood people – whose lives are most affected. The reasons for this are complicated and contested. In the Australian community, those who know these people don’t use their real names or faces out of a desire to protect them. That’s because we know they are seeking safety from a country in which they are in danger and we don’t know yet whether they will be allowed to stay. Exposing their identity can be a risk if ever they are forced to return to their country of origin...

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JRS volunteers: there for others and faithful to our mission

The second week of May is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

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Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity

To be able to work here...is truly inspirational because the staff at JRS have...

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JRS joins the revolution of tenderness and love

State Labor MP Julia Finn has congratulated volunteers and staff at Jesuit Refugee Service on the launch of a new community Centre in Parramatta, saying such facilities played an important role in the resettlement of refugees.

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Partnering for Mercy: Arrupe Place

This new partnership grew out of the work of the Shelter Project which JRS had established in 2007 in response to a shortage of affordable housing and services for those people seeking asylum living in the community.

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JRS and OneSight eye clinic provides eyeglasses to 68 asylum seekers

Jesuit Refugee Service and OneSight, a global not-for-profit organisation and partner of OPSM, ran an eye care clinic that saw over 80 asylum seekers and provided people with free eye tests and a free pair of prescription eyeglasses, if needed.

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Arrupe Place, Coolock Cottage, 4 Victoria Road, Parramatta

Arrupe Place, Coolock Cottage, 4 Victoria Road, Parramatta

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The JRS Shelter for asylum seekers in Sydney

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