Docstoc

Hope in the hard times

Document Sample
Hope in the hard times Powered By Docstoc
					AutumnNews
09                                   Standing in solidarity with those in need
                                     Expressing a faith that promotes justice

371 Church Street (PO Box 271) Richmond 3121                  Telephone (03) 9427 7388                     www.jss.org.au




                                                             Hope in the hard times
                                                             W
                                                                          hat a different world we find ourselves in
                                                                          compared with twelve months ago.
                                                                              The scale of the global economic crisis has
                                                             shocked us all. Governments and policy makers the
                                                             world over have been scrambling to determine the most
                                                             appropriate ways to respond.
                                                                  In Australia we have seen the Rudd Government
                                                             announce two major economic statements aimed at
                                                             stimulating the economy and stemming the rising tide
                                                             of unemployment.
                                                                  Nobody is sure how high unemployment figures will
                                                             rise but already we have seen a significant increase from
                                                             457,800 people (4.1%) in February 2008 to 521,200
                                                             people (4.6%) in January 2009 - and it seems certain
                                                             that much worse is to come. ANZ Chief Economist Saul
                                                             Eslake is predicting 6% unemployment in 2009 and 7% in
                                                             2010. That’s about 800,000 people.
                                                                  There are enormous challenges ahead. Government at
                                                             all levels and the business sector are grappling with how
                                                             best to respond to the employment crisis. Jesuit Social
                                                             Services and the broader health and community sector
The promise of new life                                      are already starting to feel the pressure of increased
                                                             demand for services.
                                                                                                                             skills and confidence necessary for somebody to gain and
                                                                                                                             maintain employment. Let’s use the time ahead well.



W
                                                                  During past recessions there has been a tendency
            e have all been moved by what we’ve seen
            and heard of the recent Victorian bushfires      by governments to focus employment and training                   There are enormous
                                                             assistance on a narrow group of the ‘most employable’,
            and their aftermath. Aerial views of once
picturesque towns give some insight into the physical        with the needs of the most disadvantaged being ignored          challenges ahead
destruction. But this is only one part of the picture.       or considered as secondary. This time around we must            We know from experience gained through delivering
People’s grief, loss and pain will last long after the       all be vigilant to ensure that we don’t go down that path       our Gateway program, which provides pathways to
reconstruction efforts are over.                             again.                                                          education, training and employment to some of our
    Over recent weeks there has been an abundance                 It is imperative that every person who is unemployed       community’s most disadvantaged young people, that
of acts of bravery and selflessness. The generosity of       is given the opportunity to develop and maintain both           a successful approach will incorporate the following
ordinary people continues to astound. But it’s not as if     their employment skills and their social connections within     components: attention to the unique support needs of
you can place those wondrous things on a scale in an         their community. Special attention and effort must go to        each individual; innovative, well-designed programs that
effort to balance the horror and terror of recent weeks.     supporting our most disadvantaged citizens, many of             provide opportunities to gain and practise accredited skill;
Both sides of the ledger exist and the truth of each         whom have been unemployed for years and may never               and work experience programs where people develop
must be acknowledged and honoured.                           have had the experience of living in a household where          and practise general work place behaviours and targeted
    This brings me to the challenge I feel we all now        anyone has ever had a job.                                      industry skills.
face. The challenge in the years ahead will be to remain          In the coming years this group of people will most             Our experience also shows that our staff’s
faithful to those people in the struggles of their daily     likely find it harder to gain employment. Nevertheless it       commitment - manifested in an approach that never
lives. Such generosity and fidelity will be expressed        is crucial to maintain their sense of hope and assist them      gives up on people no matter how far back they are in
in our ongoing capacity to listen, to provide practical      to be ready for work when the economy recovers, as it           the employment queue - builds hope and engenders
assistance and to share hopes and dreams for                 surely will. Jesuit Social Services’ experience tells us that   confidence. And this is the ingredient that makes
new possibilities.                                           often it can take years of concentrated effort to build the     the difference.

   Easter is about the
                                                                                                                                                                Gateway participants
triumph of hope over                                                                                                                                            Gabby and Nettie
                                                                                                                                                                proudly show off
despair                                                                                                                                                         Easter Eggs prepared
                                                                                                                                                                for the Easter rush.
     There are many in our community who fall behind
for a myriad of reasons. That was the case before the                                                                                                           Gateway’s social
bushfires. It’s the case now and it will be so in the                                                                                                           enterprise program,
future. The mobilisation of community compassion and                                                                                                            Abbotsford Biscuits,
care is one thing – its maintenance is another.                                                                                                                 has a delicious range
     As I write this we are approaching the Easter                                                                                                              of Easter Eggs and
season with its perennial message of death giving way                                                                                                           cakes available now
to new life and despair being transformed into hope.                                                                                                            for purchase. These
This newsletter bares witness to some of those new                                                                                                              treats are prepared by
starts and small triumphs over adversity. Each is to be                                                                                                         the young people at
celebrated. But speaking honestly, they will in turn be                                                                                                         Abbotsford Biscuits
followed by other struggles. This does not however                                                                                                              who learn skills to
cancel out the joy of the new life or the triumph.                                                                                                              prepare them for
     The focus, the heart of the issue, is something else.                                                                                                      further training and
It is our capacity to be steadfast, to endure. And in                                                                                                           employment.
order that this is more than mere survival, but rather a
flourishing life, there is no doubt that we need                                                                                                                Place your order
each other.                                                                                                                                                     online at
     Easter is about the triumph of life over death, love                                                                                                       www.
over hate, hope over despair. But we do that best when                                                                                                          abbotsfordbiscuits.
we do it together - and we all need that message                                                                                                                com.au
right now.
                   Julie Edwards, Chief Executive Officer
People
Opportunity of a lifetime
S
        itting on the 34th floor of the National Australia       the African community face when they seek employment.
        Bank (NAB) at 500 Bourke Street Melbourne,               This led to Jesuit Social Services creating a program
        Emebet looks out over the suburbs. She can’t             with the NAB and AMES (Adult Multicultural Education
believe her luck. “This program is a rare opportunity for        Service) to provide invaluable work experience at
me”, she says.                                                   the bank.
     Emebet moved to Australia from Ethiopia four years              Mike Domann who heads up Group Finance at the
ago and completed her degree in accounting at RMIT. For          NAB, is sponsoring the program for his division. He
several years she tried to gain employment in her chosen         says it has been an amazing experience for everyone,
field of finance. “It does not matter where you come from,       including the permanent members of the team. “Our
you should have the same opportunities as everyone else.         people have already changed their perspective on life”,
To find a job here it is often difficult”, she says.             he says. “There is a genuine passion that people on
     Emebet is one of three people taking part in an exciting    the team have shown for this. I have had people saying
collaborative initiative of Jesuit Social Services and the       to me that they have never been more proud of the
NAB. This project, aimed at creating job opportunities for       organisation or the team for taking this project on”.
skilled Africans living in Australia, involves three months of       Mike is keen to point out that the three participants
paid work experience with the bank.                              currently in the program don’t need special attention. “The
     This employment initiative was triggered when Deputy        three people we have here all bring skills in a different
CEO of the NAB, Michael Ullmer, heard Federal MP                 way. They will put new thoughts into the things we do, all
Lindsay Tanner talk about the barriers that members of           of which will add value at the end of the day”.
                                                                                                                                Michael Maxwell, Social Services Manager
                                                                                                                                at Holy Family with Amanda McGill, Bidwell
                                                                                                                                Resident Group chairperson as they survey local
                                                                                                                                community members.




                                                                                                                               New horizons
                                                                                                                               T
                                                                                                                                      he release of “Dropping off the Edge” in 2007
                                                                                                                                      revealed what many already knew: Mount
                                                                                                                                      Druitt in Western Sydney is a geographic area
                                                                                                                               where a disproportionate number of Australians live
                                                                                                                               in disadvantage. The community finds itself isolated
                                                                                                                               and without the necessary resources to stem the
                                                                                                                               cycle of social and economic disadvantage.
                                                                                                                                   Recently, Jesuit Social Services began working
                                                                                                                               in the Mount Druitt area. Based at the Holy Family
                                                                                                                               Parish in Emerton Jesuit Social Services is working
                                                                                                                               with the local community to find ways to turn this
                                                                                                                               disadvantage around.
                                                                                                                                   “The experts on any community will be those
                                                                                                                               who live there”, said Jesuit Social Services Manager,
                                                                                                                               Michael Maxwell. “We need grassroots solutions. Too
                                                                                                                               often solutions are imposed on people”.



                                                                                                                                 Developing plans that will
                                                                                                                               turn hopes and aspirations
 A pilot program has been created offering three work experience positions within Group Finance at the
 National Australia Bank for three skilled Africans living in Australia. Pictured is the candidate interview
                                                                                                                               into action
 panel (l-r) Kaye Bishop, AMES, Lisa Maddocks, Jesuit Social Services, Akoc Manhiem, Sudanese Lost Boys
 Association of Australia, Maimum Mohamed, Somali Australia Council of Victoria and Keeley Barber, National
                                                                                                                                   Grassroots solutions start with people having a
 Australia Bank.
                                                                                                                               voice about what they want and then the community
                                                                                                                               building its own action plans. “Our aim in initiating
                                                                                                                               and supporting this project was to empower a grass
                                                                                                                               roots approach to transforming these communities”,

 Brosnan Youth Services wins Youth Justice tender                                                                              said Michael.
                                                                                                                                   So the Jesuit Social Services team of staff and



 B
                                                                                                                               students worked with resident groups to conduct
        rosnan Youth Services, in partnership with a selection of other community service organisations, successfully
                                                                                                                               surveys and gather data to inform the planning
        tendered for the Victorian Government’s Youth Justice Service Delivery Model in the Eastern, North-Western
        and Southern regions of Melbourne. The funding enables Brosnan Youth Services to build on its current range
                                                                                                                               process. But the approach they took was different
 of programs and continue its vital work with young people in the justice system. Our programs include:                        from what local people had seen before. Instead of
                                                                                                                               focusing on the shortcomings of the community
 Youth Justice Community Support - provides support              planning, and post-release intensive support and case         they canvassed residents’ hopes and aspirations
 for young people aged 10-21 years who are engaged               management for males (Link Out) and females (WISP)            for the future.
 with the justice system. This intensive program aims to         aged 18-25 years.                                                 “Filling in surveys is usually very depressing
 reduce reoffending and supports the young people on                                                                           because they focus on just how disadvantaged areas
 pathways to economic, social and cultural participation.        Perry House - provides residential services for young         such as ours are”, said Amanda McGill, chair of the
                                                                 people with an intellectual disability who are engaged        Bidwill Resident Group and chair of the project team.
 Mentoring - connects young people aged 12-19 years              with the justice system.                                      “This survey encouraged people to dream of what
 who have been in child protection or statutory care with                                                                      our community could become, and you could see
 adult role-models.                                                                                                            people get excited”.
                                                                 Supported Residential Program - provides short-term
                                                                 supported accommodation for young people aged up                  Jesuit Social Services is committed to working
 Konnect - provides pre-release assessment and
                                                                 to 25 years who need support to develop independent           together with the local community but recognises
 planning and post-release support to Aboriginal men and
 women aged 18-30 years.                                         living skills.                                                there are no quick fixes or easy answers to make real
                                                                                                                               change. “We’ve got a lot yet to do”, said Amanda.
 Link Out and WISP (Women’s Integrated Support                   For a full list of programs offered by Brosnan Youth          The next step will see local residents partnering with
 Program) - provide pre-release assessment and                   Services, please see the website – www.jss.org.au             Jesuit Social Services and others to develop plans
                                                                                                                               that will turn hopes and aspirations into action.
Volunteering with
                                                                                P               rograms
                                                                                                                                                                                               Just before Christmas,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Catholic Church Insurances
a difference                                                                                                                                                                                   presented Perry House
                                                                                                                                                                                               staff and participants with


J
      esuit Volunteers Australia (JVA) is a volunteer                                                                                                                                          a new barbeque for their
      program with a difference. What makes JVA so                                                                                                                                             courtyard to enjoy outside
      different is that volunteers not only engage with                                                                                                                                        eating during the summer
people whose lives are affected by poverty, exclusion or                                                                                                                                       months.
injustice, but they also meet together regularly to reflect
on that experience.                                                                                                                                                                            Perry House is a residential
    “The distinctive difference of the program is the                                                                                                                                          program for young people
opportunity for volunteers to integrate their experience                                                                                                                                       with an intellectual
with their concern for justice. JVA shares the Jesuit                                                                                                                                          disability who are engaged
vision of ‘a faith that does justice’ and that vision is                                                                                                                                       with the justice system.
transformative in society”, said Jo Dunin, National                                                                                                                                            Perry House is a long-term
Coordinator of the JVA program.                                                                                                                                                                program assisting young
    “The reflection session helps volunteers grow in their                                                                                                                                     people to develop living
own understanding of what ‘a faith that does justice’                                                                                                                                          skills, secure appropriate
means when it is put into practice in the real situations                                                                                                                                      long-term housing and
they face in their volunteer experiences”, explains Jo.                                                                                                                                        participate in meaningful
                                                                                                                                                                                               activity and/or employment.

  That vision is                                                                                                                                                                               Pictured (l-r) Pauline
                                                                                                                                                                                               O’Donnell, Perry House
transformative in society                                                                                                                                                                      Coordinator, participant
                                                                                                                                                                                               John, and Norm Smith,
     The aim is that volunteers enrich and sharpen their                                                                                                                                       Catholic Church
understanding of social justice through the lens of their                                                                                                                                      Insurances.
volunteer experiences. Volunteers say that this in turn
leads them to act more thoughtfully and competently
when they come into contact with those in need. The
reflection sessions promote an opportunity for personal
insight and growth. They also provide an opportunity for
                                                                               Skills for life
                                                                                M
an ongoing conversation about social justice.                                             ost of the people we work with at Perry House                  his carers but were there to assist and support him to do
     Volunteers work within the various programs of                                       have come from chaotic backgrounds and have                    things for himself.
Jesuit Social Services. Many also volunteer with other                                    never felt the safety and security of a home life.                 After 18 months at Perry House, Adam had developed
social service organisations that work with those at                            Perry House is unique, giving residents that strong base                 the skills to look after himself. We helped him to get in
the margins.                                                                    to learn the living skills that they missed out on in their              touch with an aunty living in Queensland. Adam now has
     Jo says it is encouraging to see people from all walks                     earlier years.                                                           his own flat in Queensland and has become close with
of life joining JVA. It is inspirational too to see “their                          Adam* was 18 when he came to Perry House. He had                     his extended family. This is a boy that everybody thought
generosity, their willingness to serve and their readiness                      come from an abusive family and was a child protection                   could never live by himself.Adam has taught me that
to grow and be agents for change”.                                              client from the age of seven. Adam had been moved                        regardless of your background and hardships, with the
                                                                                from one residential unit to another. When he came                       right support in place you can overcome most things and
People interested in becoming part of Jesuit Volunteers                         to Perry House he was like a child who could not do                      go on to lead a productive life in the community.
Australia can contact Jo Dunin on 03 9427 7388.                                 anything for himself, always wanting staff to do things                               Pauline O’Donnell, Coordinator, Perry House
                                                                                for him. Before long he realised that our staff were not                                                                    *pseudonym




                                                Community Partners, standing in solidarity
                                                B
                                                          eing a Community Partner, for me, means standing in                           build new and meaningful lives. This and related burdens still
                                                          solidarity with Jesuit Social Services.                                       fall on organisations like Jesuit Social Services. As someone
                                                              As a barrister working in criminal law, I have seen                       with the good fortune to be part of mainstream society, I feel a
                                                the importance of Jesuit Social Services’ work. Much crime                              responsibility to assist Jesuit Social Services in this work.
                                                occurs because people have lost any sense of being a part of                                 More personally, being a Community Partner is a monthly
                                                mainstream society, with an investment in its values and future                         reminder of the importance of committing to the welfare of others
                                                – it is a by product of the desolation of those who have ‘fallen                        and of our community. As a community partner, contributing
                                                through the cracks’.                                                                    some of my good fortune to others through Jesuit Social Services
                                                     Jesuit Social Services began as an effort to reconnect                             is a priority rather than an afterthought; it means that Jesuit
                                                young ex-prisoners to society, by giving them a home and                                Social Services doesn’t get what might be left over, but receives
                                                a meaningful existence. There are now more prisoners than                               an amount that they can count on every month.
                                                ever, yet few government programs to help those released to                                                                               Chris Carr, Community Partner


 ✃
                                                                       Community Partner pledge
      I would like to become a Community Partner by making a MONTHLY contribution to Jesuit Social Services

Donation amount                                                           Payment type                                                                                    Contact details




                            □□□□ □□□□ □□□□ □□□□
 ✃ $30                Credit card: ✃ VISA ✃ MasterCard                                                                          Surname ........................................................................................
                                                                                                                                First name .....................................................................................
                      No:
 ✃ $50                                                                                                                          Address .........................................................................................
                      Expiry Date ...................................................................................
                                                                                                                                .........................................................................................................
 ✃ $100
                      Signature ......................................................................................          Telephone (w) ...............................................................................

 ✃ $200               Or ✃ direct debit from my bank account                                                                    Telephone (h)................................................................................
                      We will send you a direct debit authorisation banking form by email or post for you to complete.
                                                                                                                                Telephone (m)...............................................................................
 or $                 Thank you. Your contribution is tax deductible.                                                           Email ..............................................................................................
Young Leaders in a
                                                                                  Events
                                                                                       Annual Fundraising Dinner                                                 Our programs
New World                                                                               Last chance to book your seats!                                          Brosnan Youth Services - supporting young



A
                                                                                                                                                                 people in the justice system to make a
         ll around us the world is facing dramatic                                                                                                               successful transition from custody back into
         challenges. Many young people are questioning                                         7pm, 28th March 2009                                              the community. Programs include: Youth
         what this means: what is success, leadership,                                               Melbourne Town Hall                                         Justice Community Support Program, Youth
justice, community? Some are taking it as an                                                                                                                     Justice Housing Pathways Program, Start
opportunity to change things for the better.                                                         Speaker: Waleed Aly
                                                                                                                                                                 Over, Community Justice, Mentoring, Koori
    Jesuit Social Services, as part of our next                                                                                                                  Liaison Program, Link Out Program, Women’s
                                                                                         Deadline extended for last minute bookings
generation strategy, has been in conversation with                                                                                                               Integrated Support Program (WISP), Konnect,
young people from all walks of life to explore this                                                   RSVP by 18th March
                                                                                                                                                                 TAILS (Transitional Assistance, Information and
territory and partner them in building a just society.                                                                                                           Links Service), Supported Residential Program,
                                                                                        Phone: (03) 9427 7388 or visit www.jss.org.au
    One exciting initiative is the Just Leadership                                                                                                               Perry House.
breakfasts, engaging young professionals
working in Melbourne’s CBD. This is a partnership                                                                                                                Gateway - providing pathways to education,
with the National Australia Bank (NAB), done in
collaboration with the City of Melbourne and Malleson                              We need you!                                                                  training and employment for young people with
                                                                                                                                                                 multiple and complex problems associated
Stephen Jaques.                                                                                                                                                  with their mental health, substance use and
    The Just Leadership breakfasts are aimed at                                                                                                                  homelessness. Programs include: Artful
building a network of young leaders for a new world.                                                                                                             Dodgers Studios, Gateway Kitchen, TOE (The
The breakfasts will provide a forum for open and                                                                                                                 Outdoor Experience).
informed dialogue about how young professionals, as
part of the next generation of leaders, are able to work                                                                                                         Connexions - delivering intensive support and
within their organisations to help build a just society.                                                                                                         counselling for young people with multiple and
    Frank Brennan SJ and Tim Costello will launch this                                                                                                           complex problems associated with their mental
initiative on 2nd April 2009 by leading an insightful and                                                                                                        health, substance use and homelessness.
challenging conversation about the critical issues for
leadership in a time of change.                                                                                                                                  Communities Together - strengthening
                                                                                                                                                                 communities through community development
              Just Leadership Breakfast                                                                                                                          initiatives in the public housing estates in the
                                                                                                                                                                 City of Yarra.
               Thursday 2nd April 2009
                                                                                                                                                                 African Program - forging partnerships with
                  7:15am – 8:45am                                                  We are currently seeking volunteers for a number
                                                                                                                                                                 communities from Africa.
                                                                                   of positions across the organisation. Please call
                                                                                   Volunteer Coordinator Liz Richards on 03 9427 7388
For bookings or more information please contact David                                                                                                            Vietnamese Welfare Resource Centre -
                                                                                   for more information.
Renouf on 03 9427 7388 or david.renouf@jss.org.au                                                                                                                responding to the needs of the Vietnamese
                                                                                                                                                                 community.

                                                                                                                                                                 Support After Suicide - providing free,
                                                                                                                                                                 professional support to individuals and families
                                                                                                                                                                 who are bereaved by suicide.

                                                                                                                                                                 Holy Family Community - working with the
                                                                                                                                                                 Western Sydney community of Mt Druitt and
                                                                                                                                                                 surrounding areas to strengthen community
                                                                                                                                                                 capacity and cohesiveness.

                                                                                                                                                                 Jesuit Volunteers Australia - supporting
                                                                                                                                                                 volunteers to engage with people on the
                                                                                                                                                                 margins and to come together to reflect on that
                                                                                                                                                                 experience as they work to build a just society.

                                                                                                                                                                 Policy Unit - working to effect social change
                                                                                                                                                                 through research, policy and advocacy.




  ✃                                               Jesuit Social Services Autumn Appeal 2009
                                                Yes, I would like to support the Jesuit Social Services Autumn Appeal 2009
 Donation amount                                                             Payment type                                                                                     Contact details

                          Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Jesuit Social Services Christmas Appeal 2008
   ✃ $50                                                                                                                              Surname ........................................................................................


                               □□□□ □□□□ □□□□ □□□□
   ✃ $100                 ✃ Cheque enclosed or ✃ VISA ✃ MasterCard                                                                    First name .....................................................................................
   ✃ $200                                                                                                                             Address .........................................................................................
                         No:
   ✃ $250                                                                                                                             .........................................................................................................
   ✃ $500                Expiry Date ...................................................................................
                                                                                                                                      Telephone (w) ...............................................................................
   ✃ $1000               Signature ......................................................................................             Telephone (h)................................................................................
   ✃ My choice                                                                                                                        Telephone (m)...............................................................................
                         Or ✃ direct debit from my bank account
  $                      We will send you a direct debit authorisation banking form by email or post for you to complete.             Email ..............................................................................................

  Please send me details on:              ✃ remembering Jesuit Social Services in my Will                            ✃ joining the volunteer program            ✃ workplace giving
Our newsletter is printed on recycled paper, from an FSC accredited source.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:24
posted:1/26/2011
language:English
pages:4