Eltham Refugee Housing and Support Project

The Eltham Refugee Housing and Support Project has now come to a close. More information here.

In a response to the Syrian crisis, the Australian Government offered full refugee status to 12,000 displaced Syrians. Some of these families settled in Eltham through a joint venture of Catholic Care and  St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA).  As a neighbouring parish, St Frances Xavier was approached by Catholic Care to be involved in the Eltham Refugee Housing and Support Project to help settle these newly arrived families to Eltham.  Compelled by the  Gospel of Matthew 25:35 and with our Parish Vision Statement beginning with the mission  “to be a Christ centred community, welcoming of all…”  there is no way we could not take up the call to provide whatever help was required to ensure that the newest members of our community were welcomed and supported in their endeavour to build a new life here in Eltham.  

As a parish we were able to fully furnish four units ready to move in.  In addition we provided support in organising and transporting donated goods and one on one support for some of the new residents as local guides, assistance with accessing local services and English speaking practice.

This was a wonderful experience for our volunteers involved who felt as though what they get out of helping in this project was equal to if not greater than the energy they put in.

View the Eltham Project October 2017 Newsletter.

View the Eltham Project December 2017 Newsletter.

View the Eltham Project February 2017 Newsletter.

View an article from CatholicCare entitled "A New Community Flourishes"

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Office @SFX,
Oct 26, 2016, 8:07 PM
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