The Archdiocese of Brisbane is partnering with Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) to launch the Archdiocese of Brisbane Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.
This initiative seeks to engage parishes, faith communities and schools to fundraise, support and build relationships with people as they settle into a new home in Australia.
CRSA is a registered, established charity who work to support community groups in their fundraising and welcome of people seeking to make a home in Australia.
Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP)
CRISP is designed for community members to fundraise and build social networks to welcome a household who has been granted a humanitarian visa but is still waiting to arrive in Australia.
The Australian Government has dedicated 1500 humanitarian visas within the CRISP program, and these Visas currently sit within the overall annual humanitarian intake.
Participating groups will undergo training through CRSA and the Archdiocese, and will also need to complete pre-screening for eligibility.
Make a practical response to the ongoing refugee crisis
Foster connectedness, unity and community life within your parish
Gain a deeper understanding of love of neighbour
These are your next steps:
CRSA stands for Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia and is a registered charity in Australia. You can find out more about them on their website here.
You will be asked to commit to journeying with your refugee household for 12 months.
The financial commitment for the settlement pilot is anywhere from $7000 to $21000. This varies depending on the size of the household needing to settle in Australia. We will work closely with you to connect you with a household within your means.
While we will work within the specific needs of the family or household you are supporting, here is a list of things you can expect:
Unfortunately not. The Archdiocese of Brisbane is working with CRSA to organise parish and community groups to fundraise for, and practically and socially support refugee households in Australia or currently offshore Australia through the Group Mentorship Program (GMP) or Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP).
Our Refugee Sponsorship Initiative is working to support the overarching national work of CRSA and its programs. The Archdiocese of Brisbane may be able to provide information for other referral services to support the needs of people seeking assistance.
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