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This 2020 World Day of Migrant and Refugees (Sunday, 27 September), let’s remember, pray for, and commit to working to change the horrible reality of many in ‘our own backyard’. Members of Catholic Social Services Victoria and parishes across the state are making considerable efforts to assist people seeking asylum, refugees, and other migrants who hold temporary visas, as many remain in harsh circumstances in detention centres, and the majority of the 115,000 living in Australian community have been deemed ineligible for any federal government support payments during COVID-19, making many at risk of homelessness and despair.

Catholic Social Services Victoria's September 2020 eNewsletter is out now. It is full of latest news and information from us, and our Member organisations, as well as upcoming events from our members, and parish community. We focus on the upcoming celebration of Social Services Sunday on 20th September 2020, and highlight a number of campaigns that we're supporting, and would ask that you consider taking action upon, as well! Read the newsletter, here.

Normally at this time of year, St Mary’s House of Welcome is busy organising its ‘Degustation for Dignity’ annual fundraising gala event to help people sleeping rough and experiencing chronic homelessness. Sadly, COVID-19 and physical distancing has put a stop to that for this year. Far from being defeated, St Mary’s has created something new — ‘De-frustration for Dignity’, to be held on Friday 30th October, 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Cost is $220 for two people (includes premium grazing hamper for two, full of beautiful Victorian wine and produce; exclusive access to an online wine Masterclass hosted by renowned wine writer, Max Allen, tasting notes, access to an online silent auction, and more.

On 20th September 2020, we mark Social Services Sunday within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. On this day we are invited to give thanks and pray for all who provide care and support to those who are marginalised and vulnerable within our community. We recognise with deep gratitude, those working within Catholic Social Service Victoria’s 45 member organisations, made up of 7,000 passionate and committed staff and 17,000 generous volunteers, who together, serve more than 200,000 people in need each year. We also give thanks for all in our parishes, who are often at the forefront of providing practical support and care to those in need within their local communities, and beyond. Indeed, many of our social services agencies were either born from or are sustained by Parish initiatives and support.

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