Jesuit refugee day centre on the road

Thanks to the immense efforts of Jesuit Refugee Service volunteers and staff who have made huge strides with their emergency project to get urgent help to those in need during the pandemic. They have now delivered more than 250 essential food and toiletry packages, 200 mobile phone credit top-ups, and are now rolling out a prepaid Mastercard scheme to get emergency hardship grants to people safely. Jesuit parishes can get involved with this work by volunteering, or organising toiletry collections. Please email uk@jrs.net 

 

An update from the coalface

The JRS UK team are meeting daily to update each other on our work as we find new ways to support more than 300 of our refugee friends in an ongoing way during the current crisis. It is an uncertain time for everyone, our office is unaware of when we can return to the Day Centre and serve our friends face-to-face, but what has been encouraging throughout the past weeks has been your support.

Since launching the Refugee Friends’ Hardship Fund, to help cover expenses we had not foreseen at the beginning of 2020, there have been numerous donations day after day, leaving our team in awe of your generosity.

A donation of any amount, large and small, has a direct impact. It allows the team to:

  • Provide £10 mobile credit top-ups
  • Parcel food and toiletries to be delivered to friends, essential for surviving the lockdown while shops are emptied by those able to stockpile
  • Cover costs for volunteers to drive around London delivering these essentials to our most vulnerable refugee friends
  • Reach out to our refugee friends over the phone to provide practical support like housing, legal advice, updates about how to stay safe as well as emotional support during an isolating time.

Our Hardship Fund has already received immense generosity from donors who have supported JRS for years, as well as from people who had never heard from us before, but recognised the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Thank you.