Since January, 30 new referrals for assistance have come to the Rapid Response for Refugees Circle (Circle 110) from AMES Australia, Red Cross, STTARS (Survivors of Torture & Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service), ARA (the Australian Refugee Association), Royal Adelaide Hospital Mental Health Unit, Hutt Street Centre and other Crisis Services supporting refugees and asylum-seekers experiencing homelessness or domestic violence. In addition, four families need significant ongoing support, another has been re-referred and two single men have been referred for further help. Given that the Rapid Response for Refugees Circle is run by just two volunteers this is a busy workload and it has placed a strain on our funds.
We each spend at least two hours a day dealing with emails, phone calls and so on to consider requests, check, set up and organise approval of any payments. Each referral is carefully screened to ensure that there is no other option, such as any of the Government funded agencies, for assistance before committing Circles of Friends funds. As a volunteer run and largely donor funded organisation we are aware that our funds are limited and need to be spent judiciously.
On top of this sourcing and collecting or shopping for items needed can take half a day. Bedding is all new or good quality and freshly clean when delivered. Similarly for clothing. Delivery is usually a 60-90minute journey one way. Bills and major shopping excepted, costs of undertaking this work are part of our gift. This way we can ensure that 99% of all donations goes directly to refugees and asylum seekers with remaining 1% going to cover unavoidable Bank and Give Now fees and Insurance payment.
Unfortunately, the money Rapid Response for Refugees Circle (Circle 110) currently has in credit will not last the month. With winter approaching there are already many calls for warm bedding and clothes from people who arrived in Adelaide at the end of 2020. This week alone this Circle spent $328.50 on warm quilts, bargain covers and blankets for 3 adults and 3 children.
This amounts to this Circle requiring funds of a minimum of $1,780 for the month of May. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation now.
Your donation will help in funding bedding to keep people warm this winter and to keep the people in housing, food and necessary medicines. If you can support one of our families or individuals in need please contact us via our downloadable donation form.
Our ongoing commitments include:
- $50 per week to help support a woman with 3 children, known to Circles for several years, with school lunches and petrol. Multi-agency support is needed including coverage of rent and Utilities by St Vincent de Paul, food and other help from Red Cross. They have no Visa.
- $170 per week to help with food and housing for a Sri Lankan man who has no Visa
- In conjunction with Blackwood/Hills, $275 a fortnight to assist a couple with a baby where the husband’s health means he is currently unable to work
- Pharmacy costs of between $100 – $200 per month for a lovely family from Syria, hampered by physical disabilities but still doing their best to earn
- In addition to a current Red Cross payment of $100, a further $100 per week for accommodation and food for a young Iraqi man without a Visa, also known to Circles for several years.
- Other costs include one off provision of winter bedding.
A minimum total of $1,780 for the month of May (most of which is ongoing costs).
You can help by making a donation to:
- Cover the cost of bedding:
- $99 each for two warm washable quilts (for double beds)
- $24.99 each for two quilt covers
- $20 each for three single quilts
- $8.50 each for three single quilt covers
- $7 each for three throws (small blankets)
- Accommodation and Food: Band together to cover one of the individuals and families above for their monthly costs or make any one off donation to help keep families in their homes with adequate food.
- Pharmacy: Band together to cover /contribute to Pharmacy costs for the Syrian family.