Accompaniment at every stage of the journey

"All are treated with equal dignity and respect, no matter where they are i...

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Women’s Health and Pamper Day

On a cold and wet Friday morning in early August, around 20 women gathered at the JRS Arrupe Place Community Centre to share cups of tea and conversation, but this was more than just a day to catch up with friends. It was the second JRS Women’s Health and Pamper Day. A day for the women we work with to take a break and focus on their own care and relaxation.

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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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