Padua College supports vulnerable migrants and refugees through the annual Work and Welcome program.
Since 2011, the Work and Welcome program has been run in partnership with the Multicultural Development Association (MDA), an independent, non-government settlement organisation established in 1998. Today the focus of Work and Welcome is on helping refugees and migrants break the poverty cycle by assisting them find jobs. To date, more than 100 refugees and migrants have participated in Work and Welcome, which provides benefits not only to individuals but also to the school communities fortunate enough to share their journey.
Through the generosity of staff donations, migrants and refugees are offered employment for one term in our caring Franciscan environment. This benefits both the newcomers and the College community, as we learn about the challenges others face and the lives they lead.
The fundamental Christian maxim “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” lies at the heart of Work and Welcome. This program (formerly known as Job Pledge) began in 1993 to provide work opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
Padua College is amongst a group of 17 participating schools, plus the State Library of Queensland, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (Sydney) and the Brisbane Catholic Education Office, who offer employment opportunities to the program.
Work and Welcome is a wonderful example of living out our Franciscan values.
Read more about the program in this reflection written by Payam Yazdani, a recent participant of Padua College’s Work and Welcome program.