Indigenous elders welcome people seeking asylum to Parramatta

The Parramatta area has been a meeting place for people of different nations and languages for many generations before the first English speakers arrived in this land. So it was fitting that a group of asylum seekers, who arrived in Australia from many lands, came together in this place to learn and share in the rich culture of the original inhabitants of the area.

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Parramatta community welcomes refugees

On a warm September evening, in the heart of Parramatta, over 150 people from all over the world gathered to share a meal.

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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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Community responds to JRS’ winter clothing appeal

Over 300 asylum seekers living in Western Sydney benefited from JRS’ second annual Winter Clothing Bazaar recently. Hundreds of donated items were delivered in the days leading up to the bazaar, highlighting the fact that many people in the community are concerned about the welfare of those seeking asylum.

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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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A place of welcome and hospitality

Arrupe Place Community Centre, JRS’ second drop-in centre in Western Sydney, is providing new opportunities for asylum seekers living in the area – many of whom have been waiting between two and four years to have their claims for protection assessed.

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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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