The Edmund Rice Food Van Program currently supports and runs three food vans a week in St. Kilda and South Melbourne on Wednesday and Friday nights. Over the past 8 years this program has created an inclusive and accepting community. Our food vans aim to address social isolation faced by the homeless community whilst also providing a basic yet important necessity - food.
Through a welcoming and non-judgemental approach our volunteers and community members come together to share an evening of conversation and story sharing over a meal. This program encourages those involved to recognise the complexities of homelessness in its various forms.
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The Edmund Rice Centre WA has a proud history and an on-going commitment to assisting people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Established in 1998 to provide essential settlement services and community education activities in the northern suburbs of Perth, the Centre services have expanded more widely throughout the metropolitan area with a particular emphasis on young people and youth leadership as a way of ensuring a positive future for all.
The Edmund Rice Centre WA is recognised as one of Australia’s leading service providers by community groups, government and other agencies in the field.
Yesterday the Edmund Rice Tutoring and Learning Club for students of refugee background started again for 2017, in its fourth St Albans location. Br Chris Meehl began the tutoring in the heritage-listed Uniting Church Hall in 2002. In 2010 it moved to the Brimbank Council's Errington Centre.
When this was demolished in 2015, operations continued in the nearby demountable erected by the Council. The new and best site is the recently finished St Albans Community Centre. ERCRS had input into the design. On the first evening for 2017, about 30+ primary school students were present along with groups of Adult tutors and peer tutors from St Patrick’s College Ballarat, Parade College Bundoora, and Penleigh & Essendon Grammar.
It was also a new beginning for the centre as it welcomes Gudrun Philipp on the same day as its new Coordinator.
I am a recently professed Christian Brother presently waiting for my assignment to be part of the TST program in India. During this time, I have been asked to work in the Mary Immaculate rehabilitation Centre.
The rehabilitation center recruits street children from the Mukuru slums and offers them love and care to help them change for the better and prepare them to be responsible people in the society; the Centre also, and, most importantly, helps the street children to locate their parents or relatives.
ERI is again encouraging participation in Earth Houron March 25th at 8:30pm local time. Earth Hour is a movement to encourage people worldwide to switch off their lights for an hour each year to demonstrate their commitment to fighting climate change.
The Paris Agreementon climate change was adopted at COP21 a little over a year ago. It is essentially a plan to save our planet from the worst impacts of climate change and build a sustainable future for humanity.
Last year (2016) was officially declared the hottest year on record (the third year in succession this has happened) underlining the seriousness and urgency of the need to address climate change.
At Nambucca Community and Arts Centre, Steve Morelli addressing the packed crowd
for the launch of the Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection
Last Wednesday a new book was launched in a packed hall at Nambucca Heads with many having to stand or sit on the floor so as to be involved in what was a most joyous community occasion. Our own Steve Morelli, lead editor/compiler for the project, gave a wonderful speech acknowledging the enormous contributions of people stretching back 30 years when Steve started his work on the NSW mid-north coast. And, of course, the numerous people who had been recording Dreaming stories from the Elders of the Gumbaynggirr before the stories were lost.