On 14 September 2015, EU ministers will hold emergency talks on the refugee crisis.
If you are interested in doing advocacy in Germany, a JRS partner called Pro Asyl has a public petition that advocates for more people to be accepted as refugees in Germany using legal ways.
In the United States, JRS is urging concerned citizens to call on the U.S. government to demonstrate leadership at this critical time.
Your donations will go towards JRS projects that help refugees throughout Europe.
US citizens who need receipts for tax deductions: please donate through the JRS USA website. The same applies to Switzerland, Germany, Canada and Austria where you can give through our partner offices, indicating that your donation is meant for JRS.
Or just give to JRS through this website: www.jrs.net/donate
The Refugees Welcome Initiative matches host families with refugees who are in need of housing:
JRS Belgium is starting up a programme for short-term hosting. To be put on a waitlist, fill out the form here:
JRS France works to match families with asylum seekers who need housing for up to one month. To join its Welcome Project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.jrsfrance.org/category/c36-jrs-france/welcome-en-france/ to learn more.
In Germany, the Refugees Welcome Initiative matches host families with refugees who are in need of housing:
In some dioceses in Italy, Caritas matches families with refugees. Visit:
In Portugal, JRS is part of the Refugiados.pt consortium. They are inviting parishes and associations to host a refugee family. Email email@example.com.
If you are a parish or religious congregation, or just a private person willing to help and you have room to host a refugee, please contact JRS Romania: firstname.lastname@example.org
JRS partner Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM): http://www.socialjesuitas.es, mail: email@example.com is building a common response with the Spanish Social Apostolate that will be in place in the coming weeks. It will include hosting, volunteering, advocating and fund raising for refugees.
If you are a religious congregation based in London and you are able to offer a room to host a destitute asylum seeker as part of our At Home programme, email JRS UK at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on +44 (0)207 488 7310
Our friends at Caritas Austria accept volunteers: https://www.caritas.at/spenden-helfen/freiwilliges-engagement/
Our friends at Refugees Welcom in Belgium accept volunteers: http://www.bxlrefugees.be/besoins-dons/
JRS SouthEast Europe has three local offices (Croatia, Kosovo and Macedonia), and the Croatian office is welcoming volunteers for all the activities they organize in the reception and dtention centres as well as for those connected to integration of refugees. All those who are willing to give their time to accompany and serve refugees are more than welcome to contact them via email email@example.com or +385 99 6530 781.
If you'd like to volunteer with or advocate for refugees, contact JRS partner Pro Asyl:
Centro Astalli (JRS Italy) welcomes Italian-speaking volunteers to work in its canteens and service centres. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +39 0669700306
In Portugal, JRS is part of the Refugiados.pt consortium, which coordinates a number of services to refugees. Email email@example.com.
JRS Romania is happy to be helped by volunteers, across the country, in all reception centre: Bucharest, Galati, Radauti, Somcuta Mare, Timisoara or Giurgiu. If you want to join our volunteer team, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
JRS partner Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM): http://www.socialjesuitas.es/, mail: email@example.com is building a common response with the Spanish Social Apostolate that will be in place in the coming weeks. It will include hosting, volunteering, advocating and fund raising for refugees.
JRS UK relies on volunteers to run our services for detainees and the destitute, so please visit http://jrsuk.net/support/Volunteering/ for more opportunities.