To commence: We are looking for 2 people to visit MITA twice a month and 4 to visit once a month (visiting hours are 2-8pm, 7 days a week).
Please contact Lauren Fraser (our community engagement worker) to volunteer or for more information:
lrn [dot] frsr [at] gmail [dot] com
Visiting Asylum Seekers in Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (Broadmeadows)
Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) is a detention centre in Broadmeadows, housing asylum seekers that are waiting for their asylum claims to be accepted or rejected, or those who are being detained indefinitely. Detainees have fled countries where they have faced serious persecution- commonly Iran, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
The community of churches in Brunswick is working hard to welcome refugees released into the community, but time spent in detention can be an isolating and distressing experience. We are looking for people to spend time at MITA to build friendships with those seeking asylum in our county. We want to recognise them, love them and show concern for their welfare not on the basis of their residential status, but because they are made in the image of a God who loves and cares for them. Visits provide a break from the monotony of life for those in detention, often taking place around shared food, card games or a chat over a cuppa.
All St Jude’s attendees are welcome to visit detainees, including children accompanied by parents. Ongoing pastoral support will also be available to those visiting MITA.