My name is Antonella and I was born in Uruguay. My family and I migrated to Australia in 2005 when I was very young, because my parents wanted to give me a better future.
What do you miss most about your home country?
Some of the things I miss most about my country are: extensive family, friends and the culture.
What is your favourite thing about Australia?
My favourite thing about Australia would probably have to be the multicultural diversity, the respect, the understanding and the welcoming heart of the people who embrace other cultures. My other favourite thing about Australia is Melbourne; I love the city we live in and could not be happier!
How did you first find out about the Refuge of Hope?
I found out about Refuge of Hope through Angie. She told me everything about what Refuge of Hope does for the LA community and instantly I felt a connection to be part of it and work together to help our community.
What do you do for the Refuge of Hope?
I’m the Administrative Coordinator of Refuge of Hope. I assist the Project Coordinator with all administrative duties, I manage our Social Media and I also coordinate Events and Activities of Refuge of Hope.
What does the Refuge of Hope mean to you?
To me Refuge of Hope is Love, family, home, unity, compassion, understanding and a helping hand. Refuge of hope is a home for many. To be able to be there for people when they need you most, and help them through their circumstances, is priceless. I love the dream, the vision and the heart that Angelica and Andrew have to help the LA community through Refuge of Hope and I am so excited, happy and thankful to be able to reach out, our hands and help our community together. Refuge of Hope had opened a door to me and to be able to grow together and help others, has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
What is the best thing about the Refuge of Hope?
The best thing about Refuge of Hope is being able to help people and see their smiling faces, because they’ve found a place where they feel loved and cared for. I am so thankful to be part of Refuge of Hope and help people overcome challenges they might be facing.