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The Victorian Government’s 2019/20 State Budget is an opportunity to ensure that jobseekers who face significant barriers to employment aren’t overlooked, says Jesuit Social Services. In its submission to the 2019/20 Victorian State Budget, the organisation calls for expanded investment into Victorian jobs initiatives such as Jobs Bank and Jobs Victoria Employment Network.
Together with Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), we encourage you to have a slavery-free Easter. Not only does slavery-free chocolate taste delicious, it also means that no enslaved child has been used in the production of the chocolate. You can buy slavery-free chocolate in big supermarkets and smaller shops. The easiest way to tell if your chocolate is slavery-free is to check if it has one of the commonly used certification symbols on the wrapping.
Click here, to find out everything you need to know about how to shop slave-free this Easter.
Contemplating end of life care isn’t a popular topic. But if you have specific wishes around how you’d like to experience your last days, planning is vital. April 1-5 is National Advance Care Planning (ACP) Week, encouraging people to speak up and be heard about what matters most to you, particularly as you age. Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) reports around half of Australians will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions, yet few people take the active steps required to enable control of their future health care.
About one in 100 people in Australia have autism and World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2, aims to raise awareness about what life is like for them.Rose’s 13-year-old son, Mark, has autism. She feels that life would be easier if people took the time to understand how his diagnosis affects him and the family. 
Every year on March 21, people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down Syndrome. About one in every 1,100 babies are born with Down Syndrome in Australia each year. Supportive families and communities play a big role in helping people with Down syndrome lead happy and fulfilling lives. Member organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) is proud to provide support and services to help people with Down syndrome achieve their goals.
March 16-24 is Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration and a chance to raise awareness about issues of importance among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
When Yin Chen and his wife migrated to Australia in 1999, they assumed family ties were all the housing security they needed. A few years later, a relationship breakdown with the couple’s son and daughter-in-law saw the pensioners facing the prospect of homelessness. Luckily, support through not for profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) and the Assistance with Care and Housing (ACH) Program meant the Chens were able to secure permanent, affordable housing in Hawthorn East, where they’ve lived for the past eight years.
Sacred Heart Mission's GreenLight Program and Partnership Manager Annie and her colleagues have spent the past few weeks getting ready to assist people sleeping rough in inner Melbourne through Sacred Heart's innovative GreenLight Supportive Housing program, which it is providing in partnership with VincentCare and The Salvation Army - Victoria. The team of case managers, mental health clinicians and peer support settlement workers will be helping people experiencing chronic homelessness stay in their houses, recover and reconnect with the community- important and proven steps to help people stay in their home.
Join Jesuit Social Services for an evening of entertainment and celebration of a shared desire to build a just society at its Annual Dinner on Saturday 16 March at the MCG Members Dining Room. Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People is this year’s guest speaker delivering the annual Frank Costigan QC Address. Tickets are on sale now. Book here.
The team at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand continues its important work of advocating on behalf of vulnerable women in our community. Its CEO appeared before the ParentsNext Senate Inquiry hearing in Melbourne recently arguing this pre-employment program is out of step with mothers and the labour market. Good Shepherd also co-hosted the Second National Summit on Dowry Abuse in Sydney.
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) members from across Australia gathered in Sydney recently for their annual Conference. The theme for the 2019 conference was Human Face, Human Impact, Human Stories. ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons, presented the ACRATH Annual Report assisted by the National Executive Officer and Regional Coordinators who provided snapshots of some of ACRATH's projects.

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