Easter – a time for hope and empowerment

photo of proud mother with baby to support JRS Easter appeal

Photo credit: Nadeznha Castellano/Jesuit Refugee Service

Easter is traditionally a time of renewed hope.

But for people seeking asylum in Australia this is not a time of hope, a time of building a better future.

It’s a time, instead, to face the devastating news that the government is slashing its support program for people awaiting final determination of their refugee status. Now mothers with newborn babies and families with young children will find it almost impossible to access financial support. Now children will go hungry; now people will be destitute and homeless.

This is the time people are at their most vulnerable and despairing. And they are looking to JRS for help.

We accompany, serve and advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum. We offer emergency assistance, temporary shelter, a foodbank, professional casework, community activities, employment support, school engagement, legal clinics, targeted advocacy, and projects to empower women seeking asylum. The generosity of the community enabled us to assist around 3000 people last year – but now many, many more will need our support. With your help we can make it possible for more people to face the future with confidence and hope.

“A single individual is enough for hope to exist. And that individual can be you.” Pope Francis

Please give a gift of hope at Easter:

  • $40 for an Opal or other travel card for transport costs to help asylum seekers travel to appointments with lawyers, doctors and potential employers
  • $50 for a supermarket voucher for essentials for the week
  • $70 for 2 hours of essential casework and advocacy support
  • $150 fortnightly allowance for food, travel, and medical needs of asylum seekers living in JRS’ Blaiket Shelter.
  • $280 for emergency relief payment to an individual experiencing homelessness and destitution
  • $600 to help a family seeking asylum meet their basic living expenses including rent, food, travel and
    medical needs.
  • $4,200 to fund the hire of a caseworker for one month to offer professional support to vulnerable women, men and children, helping them build resilience.

Donate now

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