Jesus taught us to "welcome the stranger." The Outreach Committee is embarking on a rewarding project for which we need assistance from all. We are working with the nonprofit organization Exodus World Service to put together a "Welcome to America" pack for a newly resettled refugee family. Below are the particulars:
WHAT: We will donate or purchase new or gently used household items for the bedrooms, bath and kitchen and a month's supply of food staples. We will then go with a representative from Exodus to deliver these items, along with a warm "Welcome to America" to a newly resettled refugee family.
WHERE: Most families are resettled in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago or in DuPage County. We won't know for sure until we are matched with a family. A small group from the Outreach Committee will deliver the items. You need only drop your donations off at church or at the home of Alison Nelson (email her for details).
WHEN: We have set a deadline of Pentecost (June 4) to gather all of the items.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE: We need cash donations, donations of new or gently used items on the list, and people to help shop.
Click here to sign up online, or see the "Refugee Welcome Pack" sign-up board in the Parish Hall.
Contact Alison Nelson if you can help shop. Alison is heading up this effort. (312-520-1880 or email@example.com.)
We will need someone with a van or SUV on delivery day (TBD in June) to help transport the items. Please contact Alison Nelson if you can help with this.
Make a cash donation to the effort. Make your check to Grace Church and leave in the collection basket or mail to the church. Write "Refugee Pack" on the memo line.Thank you in advance for your help and generosity! Most refugees arrive in America with very little, and our help means the world to them.
Finally, Exodus World Service has other programs to aid refugee families if you are interested. The New Neighbor program trains you to visit weekly with a new refugee family to build a friendship, answer questions, help practice English and navigate their community. The brand-new New Neighbor Conversation program trains you to tutor English to an individual for 1.5 hours per week for four months. For information on these, contact Alison Nelson or go to www.exodusworldservice.org.