The JOEL NAFUMA REFUGEE CENTER is run from one of our own Convocation parishes - Saint Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome. It is a day center for refugees with services ranging from urgent/immediate basic assistance to settlement services. Staff and volunteers accompany guests in their struggle to rebuild their lives through ongoing Italian language classes, the provision of a healthy breakfast & basic supplies, art & psychotherapy programs and legal support.

JNRC’s breakfast program serves an average of 97 asylum seekers and refugees per day.  In 2017 alone, 20,408 breakfasts were served. The Center believes in empowering recipients by using funding to employ them to shop for and prepare the food. 

Our relationship with NAFUMA fulfills humanitarian objectives in our mission to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.

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