Who we are
The House of Welcome exists to welcome, shelter and empower people seeking asylum and refugees regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion. We receive no government funding and rely on the support of our welcoming community. We provide client-centered holistic supports that nurture hope, advocate for justice and promote self-reliance, whilst acknowledging the dignity and the rights of each individual.
Volunteering at HoW
The House of Welcome has been responding to the needs of refugees and people seeking asylum since 2001. We are the largest housing provider for transitional accommodation for people seeking asylum in NSW. Through the generous support of over 100 volunteers, we are able to deliver projects and services such as reception assistance, foodbank distribution, client intake, English classes, employment assistance, housing support, material aid delivery, cooking classes, social activities, events and fundraising.
We are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm. We often hold events during evenings and on weekends that require volunteer support.
The House of Welcome is a 24min walk from Granville train station, which is on the Western line (T1) and the Inner West and Leppington line (T2). The M91 bus from Granville station takes 10mins to the corner of Blaxcell and Redfern streets, then it’s just a 5min walk to the House of Welcome. The 908 bus runs between Merrylands and Bankstown, via Granville, with the closest stop at the corner of Clyde and Mona Sts. To plan your journey via public transport see Transport NSW’s Trip Planner. There is some restricted and some unrestricted parking in surrounding streets.