Local church communities anywhere in Australia can now sponsor and welcome a refugee family from overseas. Finally, everyday Australians can help refugees in a practical, meaningful and satisfying way, through a new national ‘community sponsorship’ program. Based on the popular 40-year-old Canadian model, locals form a group to welcome and support a refugee household through this federal government-backed program.
They meet the new arrivals at the airport and help them settle into their new home and community. Ongoing support might include help with navigating Centrelink, driving lessons or or introducing them to a local business that you know is looking for staff.
Church congregations and faith groups have long been at the forefront of welcoming refugees to Australia. Now your congregation can take the next step and welcome refugees referred by the UNHCR into their hearts and lives.