Bishop Robert has announced his 2017 Advent Appeal
This year’s Advent Appeal aims to support homeless refugees and asylum seekers in
Rome with humanitarian assistance (a daily, cooked breakfast and essential items for
personal dignity and warmth) for 6 months. We are doing this through a well-established
and well-run project established by our Episcopal sister church of St. Paul’s Within the Walls.
The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center is the major outreach ministry of St Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome. The center assists approximately 17,000 people per year, and is the only day center open to receive homeless asylum seekers and refugees in Rome. Every day, JNRC welcomes 200-250 guests. The guests come from many different nations, including Mali, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Pakistan, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Half of them are homeless, sleeping in parks or on the pavement outside train stations.
Under the terms of the Dublin Regulation, refugees who entered Italy first in Europe must receive and renew refugee status documents in Italy. This means that in 2017, JNRC has seen a rise in guest numbers due to the increased number of people journeying across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya, the closure of the Calais “Jungle” camp in France, and increased deportations from Scandinavia.
The advent appeal aims to raise enough money to support the breakfast programme and to provide basic supplies and sleeping bags for JNRC guests for 6 months:
|For 6 months supply of:||Amount in Euro|
|Cleaning supplies and costs||
|Underwear, toiletries and socks||€1,750|
|100 Sleeping bags for January – March||€1,500|
We can support this excellent work, either by placing a donation in the urn at the back of St Paul’s, or by passing it directly to our treasurer, Ben Rolfe. Money raised through the Monopoly tournament in November will also be sent to support the appeal.
Please also remember to pray for the work of the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center,
you can find out more about the work they do by clicking here