Each Friday we collect donations to benefit a different community-based organization in Washington, DC. On Friday, March 10, the beneficiary will be the Jesuit Refugee Service. Consider spending your early Friday evening with St. Matthew's family and friends - come for the 5:30pm Mass, 6pm Stations of the Cross, and end with a shared meal organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for this great opportunity of almsgiving to our community.
Please visit the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) website http://jrsusa.org/ (with links to its worldwide humanitarian missions) from which the following is excerpted and summarized.
Our Mission - “Jesuit Refugee Service stands with refugees”
The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
To accompany means to be a companion. We are companions of Jesus, so we wish to be companions of those with whom he preferred to be associated, the poor and the outcast. JRS services are available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs.
JRS advocates for just and generous policies and programs to benefit victims of forced displacement so those made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection, and that a durable solution to their plight can be achieved. JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social, and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
The focus of our work is to help those we serve to heal, have the opportunity to learn, and ultimately to thrive.
Programs – JRS/USA Detention Chaplaincy Program (http://jrsusa.org/services)
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA provides direct service via the Detention Chaplaincy Program. We also have created a guide for chaplains and volunteers in US detention centers. JRS/USA believes that ensuring detainee access to a Religious Service Program is crucially important as detainees have a fundamental right to freedom and exercise of religion. The JRS/USA chaplaincy programs provide pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in five US federal detention centers (in FL, TX, AZ, and NY). These programs enable people of all faiths to have access to pastoral care within their faith tradition.
More About our Mission
As one of ten geographic regions of Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS/USA serves as the major refugee outreach arm of US Jesuits and their institutional ministries, mobilizing their response to refugee situations in the US and abroad. Through advocacy and fund raising efforts, JRS/USA also supports the work of JRS throughout the world.
JRS/USA gives help, hope, ear and voice to vulnerable people on the move by: being present and bearing witness to their plight; relieving their human suffering and restoring hope; addressing the root causes of their displacement; and improving international responses to refugee situations.
In addition, JRS/USA inspires the Ignatian family and others to jointly respond to the needs of refugees and displaced persons worldwide, and forges strong partnerships with other institutions and agencies devoted to the cause of refugees and displaced persons.
JRS/USA is witness to God’s presence in vulnerable and often forgotten people driven from their homes by conflict, natural disaster, economic injustice, or human rights violations.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
1016 16th St NW Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036