Shelter Project Overview
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What do we do?
The JRS Shelter Project began in May 2007 to provide accommodation and support services to asylum seekers in Sydney. This was made possible through a seed grant by two individual donors. The success of the Shelter Project has seen it grow from serving ten asylum seekers to over 70 people currently. The Shelter Project employs one Project Coordinator and a part-time Project Assistant. These Project officers oversee the work of a team of committed volunteers who help to source housing, employment (for asylum seekers with permission to work) and other services such as English language, financial management, personal accompaniment (through legal processes, medical help etc) and social engagement with each other and the wider community. The demand for permanent, suitable housing exceeds the amount of housing JRS can currently fund.
Currently, there is no other agency providing mid and long-term housing for asylum seekers and refugees in inner Sydney.
Which other agencies do we work with?
The Shelter Project works closely with the Asylum Seekers' Centre (ASC), Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society, The House of Welcome and the Archdiocese of Sydney Justice and Peace Office.
How are we funded?
All costs associated with the Shelter Project are funded entirely by donations.
How much do we need each year?
The Project costs $250,000 annually. With greater financial support, the project could meet currently unmet housing and support requirements.
How can you help?
JRS Australia accepts financial donations which can be directed towards the Shelter Project or to smaller projects within the Shelter Project. JRS Australia is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and is endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC).
Apart from financial donations, the Shelter Project happily accepts donations of:
For more information, please contact Fr Sacha Bermudez-Goldman (Director, JRS Australia) on 02 93563888.
Manly Shelter: for the first time ever, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia will be able to accommodate entire refugee families after opening its latest shelter, a former boarding house in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly.
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