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Salvation Army corps to offer asylum

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Australia Southern territorial social justice coordinator Major Sandra Crowden reports that The Salvation Army's Richmond Corps, in Victoria, will offer sanctuary (accommodation, counselling and practical support) to people seeking asylum; as required and possible.

Richmond Corps' role has been sanctioned by Salvation Army leadership and the Australian Church Refugee Taskforce. The oppositional stance has been taken as part of the #Let Them Stay campaign, which is run by Get Up. In addition, the Love Makes a Way campaign, which has included the arrest of Salvation Army personnel on charges of civil disobedience, is providing training and support to Sanctuary churches.

Other corps throughout the territory will offer less intensive support to asylum seekers.