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Join us for a meal the Sunday Carvery 6.00pm - 9.00pm at the RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. 

Meet in Foyer 6.00pm - Cost: $30 pp   Contact Greg on: 0438 051 563
 

…an empty landscape characterised by an almost complete absence of compassion from our political leaders … - A reflection from Sr Michelle Reid sgs, Manager, Good Samaritan Inn

 

The word ‘gap’ can have both negative and positive connotations. There are gaps between two mountains which can act like a pathway to leads us forward. The wider these gaps, the better. Then there are gaps within which battles are fought, widened when one of the warring parties takes some-thing that belongs to the other side. This is like the gap be-tween the rich and the poor, and problems result as it widens.

The recent Abbott and Hockey budget will widen this gap. This gap is like an empty landscape characterised by an almost complete absence of compassion from our political leaders towards those in our society that are struggling. No one can foresee the future, but it is my sense that the current Government’s budget and its policies on asylum seekers (for example) will create unforeseen consequences that will negatively impact on everyone, but particularly those in our society who are most in need, and the most invisible.

As articulated by Pope Francis: “Good leaders are in touch, relentlessly in touch with the world’s joys and sufferings, and aware that it is an interconnected world, one person’s decisions (and more so a Government’s) often affect the lives of many unseen others.” (‘Pope Francis’ by Chris Lowney, p. 59).

Unfortunately, our current leaders seem to be unaware of how their decisions will impact on the lives of people such as those we care for at the Good Samaritan Inn. Regretfully, our small organisation sits within the gap being widened by the Abbott Government. This Government is creating a climate where only large organisations will have a future in the community sector and small groups will be forced to merge to become more cost effective. There may be some economic savings in this approach, but this is of little consequence to organisations like ours whose wealth is measured in the safety and wellbeing of the homeless women and children we respond to. Being small often provides a more effective, intimate, adaptable and safe environment that allows us to engage with women and children who find themselves at the Inn at a very vulnerable time in their lives.

As one of only two crisis accommodation services in Melbourne’s north, we offer a rare space of calm and safety to homeless women and children. It is a space of brief encounters where all are changed. There has been no battle in this encounter. No attitude of win at all cost. There is collaboration and all parties give a little in order that something larger can be achieved, it is where good things emerge, where there is a new understanding and an experience of support and gratitude. We don’t want to take over or consume.

The opposite can be said of the space being generated by the current government. And while those currently in power are driven by the dollar sign, the question remains: at what cost? As they push their bulldozers through the ever-widening gap between rich and poor many lives will become increasingly difficult. Through this wide gap, many people will vanish. Out of sight, out of mind. Beware the Gap!

 

June 2014

The event will include a basketball match by participants of our Rekindle African-Australian Youth project funded by Victorian Multicultural Commission. Inspirational speakers from refugee background will share their past experiences and contributions they did to their own community as well as to the wider Australian Communities. A traditional African Refreshment will be provided.Venue: Recwest, 39 Lily Street, Braybrook. Time: 4.30pm- 6.30pm
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For enquiries, please contact :
Manyang: 0401 839 288

Deng: 0413 126 295

Thelma: 0481 086 647

 
 
 
The Missionary Sisters of Service and the John Wallis Foundation invite you to join them in celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Missionary Sisters Service at St John's Church, 494 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham.
Needed desperately are new socks and undies for people who are sleeping rough and who visit St Mary's for a hot meal, warm shower and a set of clean, dry and warm clothes.

Marist Youth Care is a not-for-profit organisation focused on helping young people at 'risk' and their families. Their programs and services give young people a chance to learn new skills through education, training and community involvement.

Pink Lightning is a social enterprise, providing accredited traineeships in Beauty Therapy to young women, giving them the skills and work experience required to transition into full time employment.

 Catholics of all ages without partners are welcome to join us for a dinner with dancing. 

The Catholic Deaf Community gathered on Wednesday 16 April 2014 for its 34th Annual General Meeting at the John Pierce Centre in High St Prahran.

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