About Us

Established in 2011, based in Melbourne Australia. 

History

Refuge of Hope continues to help predominantly Latin-American migrants, refugees and students in Melbourne. This has seen the organisation with increasing demand for support – we are delighted to bring to you the following success story about our not-for-profit projects and services to you!

In 2011 Angelica Correa herself a migrant from Colombia founded Refuge of Hope. Upon arrival Angelica faced all the barriers new migrants from Latin America encounter – cultural alienation, social exclusion, exploitation in employment and language barriers. Luckily, Angelica did not give up but had a realisation – namely, that many more Latinos around Melbourne find themselves in a similar situation and that she, herself being a social worker, has the capacity to take her experiences as a migrant and knowledge from her profession as a starting point to help these people. Angelica took the courageous step to start a not-for-profit  organisation helping people like herself.  

Soon after, she met the great demand and many people – led by word of mouth – approached her organisation.

In 2013 the Scanlon Foundation came on board and became a steady support for the organisation. Also, Refuge of Hope became a part of the Scanlon Foundation’s main philanthropic partner: In 2105 we merged with Community Hubs Australia. Ever since, we could profit from the professional guidance of this great organisation. While Community Hubs Australia support migrant families from various backgrounds all around Australia, Refuge of Hope has remained a cultural hub, offering cultural understanding, emergency/crisis services and a home – far away from home. Many of the staff and volunteers involved are of Latin American migrant background and many were former clients.  We strives to provide emergency care, welfare support and advice to Latin-American Immigrants, students and refugees in Melbourne, whilst enabling social cohesion and integration.

Mission

To assist the wellbeing of immigrants, refugees and international students from Latin America living in Australia.


Vision

Our purpose is to empower the Latin American community within Australia to care for and support fellow Latin Americans studying or living in Australia.

Angelica Correa

Thousands of international students and refugees have travelled to Melbourne, Australia in search of an opportunity for growth and a better future.

However, their situation is not easy because they have difficulties such as feeling nostalgic about their country of origin, language barriers and financial problems.  I set out to build an organization that serves to helps migrants, refugees and international students from Latin America with the aim of mitigating some of these situations.

What an exciting time it has been since I founded Refuge of Hope! 

  • We understand the needs of these immigrants, international students and refugees and will do everything in our power through the Latin American Immigrants and Students Program (LAISP) to ensure these people are supported in a time of crisis.
  • We understand the needs of these immigrants, international students and refugees and will do everything in our power through the Latin American Immigrants and Students Program (LAISP) to ensure these people are supported in a time of crisis.
  • We would like to ensure that they have a positive and vibrant experience in Australia.
  • With guidance, advice and support on a range of issues including personal welfare, social and emotional needs, homelessness, financial guidance, general safety and security.

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Programs

The National Community Hubs Program supports migrant families, while the Refuge of Hope provides assistance to Latin American students and immigrants living in Melbourne.

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