The following Scalabrini success story was shared by our Welfare Desk in the September 2011 Scalabrini Centre Newsletter
Recently a gravely ill young Somali man came to see us. He requires quite serious medical intervention but cannot access this unless he has refugee status. Although he had been to Home Affairs a few times to try and get an asylum seeker permit, he had not managed to be seen and was too sick to handle the crowds there. Our Advocacy Officer contacted Home Affairs to let them know this man would be coming to see them, and explained his situation and a few days later, our Outreach Worker went with him to Home Affairs and 5 hours later he had his Refugee Status.