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Unfortunately for the asylum seekers detained in our detention centres, and those trying to come to Australia, our governments, and certain sections of the Australian media, have successfully spread myths concerning them that have become entrenched in the minds of a majority of the Australian voters. The Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project outlines some of the myths and the actual facts that refute them, here.

Join with St Mary's House of Welcome and friends for its annual gala fundraising event, Degustation for Dignity, on Friday 25 October, at Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford, 6.30pm-11pm. Cost: $165 each - includes degustation, wine tasting and Masterclass. For bookings click here.

Only a long-term national strategy and a deep, non-partisan commitment from federal, state and territory governments will begin to address the chronic shortage of secure, affordable housing for low income Australians, including a significant number of older Australians. Speaking ahead of the launch of National Homelessness Week (4-10 August) in Hobart this morning, St Vincent de Paul National Council CEO Toby O’Connor repeated the Society’s call for a 30-year National Strategy.
ACRATH members have once again walked the halls of Australian Federal Parliament advocating on behalf of people who are trafficked into slavery. During the visit, on July 29 and 30, a team of ACRATH advocates not only continued their advocacy and lobbying work, but they also congratulated Parliamentarian representatives for passing the Modern Slavery Act 2018.
Catholic Social Services Victoria warmly welcomes its newest members - JoCare in Malvern, Joseph's Corner Inc in Melbourne's west and House of Welcome Ballarat. We look forward to working with the staff and volunteers of these organisations who are working to serve some of our most vulnerable community members.
At a time when the Royal Commission into Mental Health is hearing heartbreaking evidence of a broken and inadequate service system, McAuley Community Services for Women has been stripped of nine per cent of its Victorian government funding. McAuley will lose $334,032 by December 2019. "The funding loss will completely undermine our ability to give women who are very unwell, dealing with family violence and homelessness the full range of support they need," said McAuley’s CEO, Jocelyn Bignold.
On 30 July we mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Please consider a donation to our member organisation, Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) so that it can continue its work with the community towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and globally.
Our friends at Good Samaritan Inn are hosting a movie fundraiser on Saturday 24 August 2019 to raise funds for its services for vulnerable women and children. Enjoy Absolutely Fabulous with friends and family, while contributing to an important cause at Palace Westgarth Cinema, 89 High Street, Northcote, Victoria, 6pm for 7pm movie start. Cost$27.50. Book, here
MacKillop Family Services is hosting Lead the Way Towards Wellbeing – a two-day conference on loss, grief and trauma at Sydney’s Waterview on 31 October and 1 November 2019. The event is part of MacKillop’s commitment to empowering children, young people and families to heal from adversity. It will feature national and international experts along with recent research and evidence-based strategies that can be integrated into school or organisation wellbeing practices. Visit the conference website.
A couple of our member agencies are hitting the track on Sunday 28 July 2019 as part of Run Melbourne to raise money for their important work. The staff at Good Samaritan Inn are raising funds for its work in enabling more women, young people and children experiencing family violence and homelessness to access its crisis service. Money raised by the CatholicCare will give refugees access to counselling, English language classes, financial assistance, support with job seeking, and many other services to enable them and their families to settle well in Victoria. 

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