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This will be the first of a series of ongoing stories to keep you as our supporters informed of what we do here at Catholic Social Services in Tory Street Wellington.
One of the key areas that we are blessed to have received support from a variety of parishes and schools is in helping us gather donations to assist the set-up of homes for refugees that are settling into the Wellington region. We have very recently settled the second out of six intakes of the year and we are most grateful for the support.
The other side of our refugee work is the counselling and social work that is provided to support refugees after they have settled here in Wellington and to provide much needed assistance to them to engage with the New Zealand system. Where this work is most gratifying for our team is that we are on the only agency in Wellington that provides counselling and social work services with the use of interpreters. Part of the reason why other agencies do not provide this service and therefore refer to us is the cost of the interpreters who provide this service. Cardinal John has asked that we continue this work and provide this service and it is a task that we perform with great humility. The costs for providing the interpreters remains a constant fundraising task for us and we never seem to have enough, but we are determined to provide this key to open doors for our clients in the future.
The use of the interpreters allows us to break the cycle of family isolation, relieve their stress by helping them engage with schools, WINZ, housing services and other services to get the assistance they need to settle in our country and have the best possible opportunity to do so until they have mastered English. If you have ever been in a foreign country where there is no or little English spoken you will appreciate and empathise with their plight. Many thanks to those who have supported us in this work through the Care Appeal and The Catholic Social Services 1000 Club.
We will continue to provide ongoing stories each month to keep you all informed of the different facets of our work we do on behalf of the Cardinal and the Archdiocese to support those on the peripheries. “Go you are Sent”
Dave Olivier
Director Catholic Social Services

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