The Hope Workers’ Center has been blessed to have received recognition throughout our history for the work we’ve done to support the migrant community. Peruse the articles below for snippets of praise and information about Hope Workers’ Center:

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In the Taipei Times, “Despite Hardships, Foreign Workers Stay on in Taiwan” (16 January 2006):

“In Jhongli (中壢), foreign workers from Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines gather at the Hope Worker’s Center, a Catholic-sponsored refuge. They discuss prospects for finding reasonable work in safe environments. Many are temporarily unemployed after company bankruptcies or other problems with employers. All hope to have new jobs in weeks.”

Photo Credit: Taiwan News

In the Taiwan News, “Hope Workers’ Center Marks 20th Birthday” (21 January 2007):

“What started as an outreach ministry for local workers 20 years ago has evolved into a center for learning, a cultural hub, a refuge, an emergency ward and an anchor to the thousands of foreign workers in northern Taiwan. More importantly, the Hope Workers’ Center in Jhongli City has given Taiwan’s migrants–the silent, the powerless, and the marginalized–a voice.”

Photo Credit: Columban Fathers

In the Columban Magazine, “Columban History in Taiwan” (15 February 2010):

“The Hope Workers’ Center emphasizes service to migrant workers and women’s issues… Other services provided by the centers include legal support and action, care for the environment, information exchange, faith-sharing and companionship. These centers are now run by trained local lay people. Columbans continue their involvement with the centers in a variety of support, coordination, liturgical and networking roles.”

Oppressed and they know it

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In Inside Indonesia, “Oppressed and They Know It” (24 April 2010):

“But all is not uniformly bleak. As with care-givers and domestic workers, Taiwan’s migrant fishers have begun to fight back. Beginning in December 2002, around 20 documented Indonesian and Vietnamese fishers sought the assistance of the Catholic Hope Workers’ Centre and of the Taiwan Association of Victims of Occupational Injuries to organise a protest outside the CLA (Council of Labour Affairs) in Taipei… No information is available on whether they won the case, but at the very least they have developed a sense of class and inter-ethnic solidarity together with the realisation that they were not altogether politically powerless and friendless in Taiwan.”

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In the Columban Magazine, “Maybe God Speaks Chinese…” (26 November 2013):

“I have met both young and old Filipino migrant workers. I have heard stories which I thought could only be seen in the movies. I have shared with them both tears and laughter. I have been inspired and moved by their faith and hope that soon they would be able to go back home and try other means of providing for their families. I have also witnessed how they can be Jesus to one another in going through this difficult moment in their lives.”