Shelter Project

Parramatta is now a Refugee Welcome Zone

28th November 2016

The signing of the Refugee Welcome Zone declaration officially recognised Parramatta as a local government area that makes a real and tangible commitment to welcoming refugees into the community.

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NSW government announces educational support for people seeking asylum

24th November 2016

JRS welcomes the announcement by the NSW Government to allow asylum seekers access to subsidised training as part of the Smart and Skilled program.

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Indigenous elders welcome people seeking asylum to Parramatta

15th September 2016

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

12th September 2016

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

19th August 2016

“All are treated with equal dignity and respect, no matter where they are in the process of seeking protection and regardless of how they arrived in Australia.” Casework at JRS certainly keeps you on your toes. As a drop-in service,…

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Women Seeking Asylum Attend JRS Health and Pamper Day

19th August 2016

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

20th July 2016

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

7th July 2016

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

16th June 2016

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 about the opportunity to volunteer with JRS by…

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A place of welcome and hospitality

7th June 2016

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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