Work & Welcome is a unique program offering invaluable job opportunities for refugees in a very supportive environment.
The program, which began at Padua College in 1993, has expanded to include 20 schools in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Yeppoon and Sydney. In addition, there are now a number of corporate partners, enabling more refugees to experience the joy of working in Australia. To date there have been over 210 participants in this program since the year 2000. The program is run in partnership with Multicultural Queensland – MDA – one of Queensland’s largest multicultural agencies. They are an independent organisation committed to delivering a welcoming Queensland where all new arrivals have the opportunity to fully contribute to, and participate in, our multicultural society.
Through the generosity of staff donations, 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 is a wonderful example of living out our Franciscan values.
Read about our current Padua Work & Welcome employee, Amal Eskifeh, who arrived in Australia with her family in February 2017 after fleeing Syria. Please click on the attached Amal Eskifeh article – Catholic leader March 2019.2 to learn of Amal’s story (newspaper article courtesy of The Catholic Leader).
Read more about Work & Welcome in the latest Newsletter via the MDA link below.