France: JRS Welcome Project – The Host Family Experience

24 June 2014

Hospitality is catching: the project began with just three people in Paris in 2009 and today is a 150-strong network in 15 cities all over France. As a community, we can get refugees off the streets, one family at a time. (James Stapleton/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing.

See the Welcome Network through the eyes of two host families and one refugee in this video. You will discover why French families have decided to welcome strangers into their homes and what they have learned and gained from the experience.

Hospitality is catching: the project began with just three people in Paris in 2009 and today is a 150-strong network in 15 cities all over France. As a community, we can get refugees off the streets, one family at a time.

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