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Horn of Africa Communities Network (HACN)

Would you like to help new and not-so-new refugees settle into their new home?
The Horn of Africa Communities Network Inc (HACN) is a small community organisation with offices in Footscray and Hoppers Crossing, helping recently arrived refugee families and individuals, providing case management, advocacy, referrals to social support and community services, life skills education, social engagement for men, women and elders, and more.
HACN commenced in 2000 providing assistance for new arrivals from the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan). Since 2014 services have been extended to all refugee and migrant communities, regardless of nationality. The main nationalities currently using HACNs services are Somali, Sudanese, Ethiopians, Chin and Karen (both from Myanmar), but all are most welcome.
HACN is run by dedicated and enthusiastic staff and volunteers, providing services as above for older adults, women and men.  Special interest groups include people with gambling issues, family violence, migration, employment, housing, racism and other support needs.
HACN partners with local social service providers, schools and volunteers to promote culturally and linguistically responsive support services, structured English language and computer lessons, forums and discussion groups to improve access, participation and responsiveness to social support services.  HACN works with Victoria Police and others to help divert young people at risk from offending against the law.
HACN needs enthusiastic people to welcome our new Australians.  People with conversational and structured English teaching skills are particularly required.  If you feel you may be able to help, please email admin@hacn.org.au or call (03) 8742 7738 and let us know how you may be able to assist.
For more information, click here for the HACN website.  



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