Serving the needs and aspirations of refugees and asylum seekers in Rome
Migrant Lives Matter
Photography by former Spartans Without Borders volunteer, Sarah Mays
The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center is a day center for refugees and asylum seekers operating in the crypt ofSt. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church. Each day, we welcome 200-250 people to our center.The JNRC is primarily a place of refuge where homeless refugees and asylum seekers can relax, recuperate and recharge, join free language, skill-set and I.T classes, receive legal or social advice, and attend an employment clinic to reach their aspirations.We run service learning courses for student groups, and hold events to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our beneficiaries.
We would like to offer our thanks to the generosity of our diverse partners and supporters.None of our work would be possible without the hard work of volunteers from backgrounds as varied as the guests they serve.
Our Mission Statement
“To accompany and assist asylum seekers from all over the world, regardless of ethnicity, faith tradition, or phase of their journey for protection, integration and resettlement. Recognizing our common humanity and providing hospitality in the heart of Rome, we aim to provide a support network and to encourage and empower refugees to build new lives.”
Open weekdays from 8:30 to 14:00
JNRC Services include:
Daily Supplies of clothing, shoes, blankets/ sleeping bags (in winter) and toiletries
The Provision of Sanitation Facilities
Daily Language classes (English, French, Italian at intermediate and beginner level)
Bi-weekly Work Clinic to write CVs in Italian and search for employment, training or university scholarships