Making Room for Others

“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2, 7

At the Jesuit Refugee Service we are inspired by a number of core values. Chief among them is the value of hospitality.

In all our work, we strive to foster a culture of openness, embodied by hospitality. Unfortunately, this is one of our more urgent tasks because hospitality is a value that is being eroded in today’s world where many are so fearful of the 'other'.

In response, at JRS we walk alongside, accompany and offer hospitality to the most vulnerable, those at the frontiers of humanity, in their quest for a community where they can truly belong. Because we believe that opening one's heart and one’s door to the displaced is not only a Christian value, but a human one that recognises the claim that all of us have to be welcomed, not because we are members of a specific family, race or faith community, but simply because we are human beings who deserve welcome and respect.

St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, said that love and concern for others is shown more in deeds than in words. In that tradition, we commit to building a society where hospitality is not a mere word but is lived out in deeds and becomes reality. JRS aspires to be hospitality in action through activities such as:

Communities of hospitality: Through this project we will work with 8-10 Christian communities/religious congregations to create a ‘community of hospitality’ by welcoming and supporting one or more refugees in need, and providing hospitality - which could include accommodation - friendship and support.

Provision of services: JRS Malta offers legal, social work, psychological and employment assistance through which refugees are informed about their rights and accompanied and empowered on their journey towards self-sufficiency and integration.

Awareness raising activities in schools and parishes: Through our outreach activities in schools and parishes, we create spaces of encounter. Through the sharing of refugee experiences, as well as through art workshops and drama activities, the barriers of prejudice and hostility are torn down and people become more aware about refugee rights and the realities behind forced migration.

Please make

 Postal donations by cheque to JRS Malta (SAC Sports Complex, 50, Triq ix-Xorrox, B'kara) 

 Secure online donations

 Direct donations via bank transfer

                HSBC:    016-116055-051

                BOV:      400-12100-660


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