Asylum Seeker Support
Ashburton Baptist’s Houses of Hope program provides secure transitional housing and a caring, supportive welcome to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our community: asylum seekers. Since 2016 our Church has, in partnership with Baptcare, set up and supported three houses for asylum seekers. Baptcare provides residents with professional casework support and a team of church volunteers helps connect residents to the local services they need for food and material support, schooling, healthcare and social connection.
We feel privileged to be able to provide a safe home and welcome to our House of Hope residents, and, equally, we are enriched by their companionship and by the cultures and experiences they bring to our community.