Help Them to Get a New Start! Unity House Refugee Family Project Kickoff, Tuesday, October 2nd [VIDEO]
Your commitment to peace, justice,and hope for families, here, and around the world, is a valuable community asset. Unity House, a cooperative ministry of local United Methodist Churches, is inviting both local United Methodists and an interfaith coalition of other local congregations, to together to help a new refugee family coming to Meriden, CT this fall, through the IRIS refugee resettlement agency. Our first meeting to organize local volunteers for this project will be Tuesday, October 2nd, 6PM, in the Griffin Room at the Meriden Public Library. The following video gives an overview of our goals.
For more than fifteen years, the Unity House coalition has welcomed families from around the world in need of a fresh start, in addition to local families. There are a wide range of resources and activities needing volunteer support to help this family after their arrival. Housing, basic clothing, bedding, initial food and supplies are essential, but there is much more that these families need to adapt to American life Orientation to American culture and communities, language, education, health care, transportation, finance, employment, and more are needed to encourage their success in establishing a new life. Anyone with a good heart and a basic knowledge of how our culture works can help.
Most importantly, these families need our compassionate help. They are selected by the IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Resettlement Services) agency as people who are escaping truly dangerous and dire conditions in their own nation. By acting together, our community can provide them with wide, deep, and consistent support to welcome them to our nation - a foreign nation, to them.
A signup form with frequently asked questions is here and below. You may bring this form to the organizing meeting, or send it in to our office ahead of time. Thank you for your interest in our project - and please spread the word!
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