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We are still open for business as an essential service. We are the supermarket, medical clinic and pharmacy for asylum seeker families with no income. Weโ€™re keeping our staff safe while keeping families safe from hunger & sickness. Please #Donate now: asrc.org.au/donate

Right now, our organisation exists in a period of turbulence and uncertainty unprecedented in modern times. Like many reacting to this unfolding situation, we have been shocked at the escalation of this crisis โ€“ the pace, the volume and the uncertainty it is creating. [Read the full statement at http://bit.ly/33r8zKt]

Our thoughts are with each of you and your loved ones during this time.

During these uncertain times, now more than ever we must come together as a united community to help and support each other through this crisis.

Long before COVID-19, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre existed to support people seeking asylum and refugees to survive, thrive and rebuild their lives through a range of aid and advocacy services. We did this hand in hand with our expert workforce (staff and a cohort of more than 1200 incredible volunteers), supported by a generous community of donors, funders, activists and community organisers.

And right now, this hasnโ€™t changed. Weโ€™ll continue to support those seeking asylum in Australia, today, tomorrow and into the future.

Thatโ€™s because people seeking asylum are some of the most vulnerable in our community โ€“ many do not have a safety net, access to Medicare, Centrelink or critical care services. Without support, they are exposed to the worst economic and health impacts of the pandemic and in the coming weeks and months ahead, will feel it the most.

We recognise that our ASRC members have lived experience of living in uncertain times and this may be retraumatizing for some of them. And that we are strongly committed to delivering programs and services that will help them cope for as long as we practically can so they too can come through stronger and more resilient.

The reality, however, is that itโ€™s not business as usual and weโ€™re acutely aware that our model of service delivery will undoubtedly change โ€“ in fact, it already has, as members of our community balance their personal and professional lives. Thatโ€™s why weโ€™re monitoring the situation daily and will make decisions for our ways of working in the best interests of all our people and to ensure they are supported.

Make sure men, women and children seeking asylum are not forgotten. Thousands have insecure work, no medical care or safety net and are at risk of infection, transmission and loss of life in the current economic and health crisis.

Sign the petition for PM Morrison to give all emergency access to Centrelink payments and Medicare so they can survive ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ
https://action.asrc.org.au/covid_19_petition

We are still open for business as an essential service. We are the supermarket, medical clinic and pharmacy for asylum seeker families with no income. Weโ€™re keeping our staff safe while keeping families safe from hunger & sickness. Please #Donate now: asrc.org.au/donate

Posted by Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) on Sunday, March 22, 2020