This year's funds will go to:
Centro Astalli Refugee Center
Located on Via Astalli (near the Piazza Venezia) Centro Astalli occupies the lower floors of the Jesuit Residence. This outreach to refugees began in 1981 and has grown to this day. Men, women and children from 30-40 countries come to the Center. Most are refugees seeking asylum from war torn countries. They come from Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan and the countries from Northern Africa, plus from many other places. The Center serves a lunch from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday (200-300 persons per day). In 2017, they served 59,908 meals. The staff and volunteers also offer assistance with the exams and interviews these individuals must go through with the Comune in order to remain in Italy or to move north. The staff’s role is to accompany, serve and defend those who come to them for help. There is also medical and legal assistance, as well as classes in computers and language and many, many other services. The Fondazione Astalli also sponsors other Houses of Welcome in different parts of the city, including the Casa di Giorgia in Via Laurentina, plus houses in San Saba and the Salaria area. In 2017, these houses lodged almost 200 people and more than 60 families. The staff of Centro Astalli give great importance to recognizing the humanity of each of the refugees. Via Astalli 14 A, 00186 Roma. Tel. 06.678.1246. www.centroastalli.it.
The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC)
This center is just down the street at St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church on Via Nazionale and in Via Napoli. This is a day center for refugees and asylum seekers living in Rome. Each day they welcome 200-250 people, half of whom are homeless. They provide a refuge where they can recharge and recuperate and they offer many services such as breakfast, hygiene product & clothing distribution, computer skills, language literacy classes, and employment clinic & job skills training. They have recently invited women to participate. As another center no longer has day care nurseries, these women have no place to leave their babies when searching for work. The Center is interested in offering such a service. Our future donation can help make this project a reality. Over the years, the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center has grown and offers many wonderful programs and assistance. Via Napoli 58, 00184 Roma. 06.4883339 www.jnrc.it