Refugee Support Team January update
In spring of 2016, the Refugee Support Team was established with membership from both the Justice Committee (of Federated and Am HaYam congregations) and others from Nauset Interfaith Association congregations. Here are brief notes on two recent/current activities:
Thanks to some of you and others from NIA congregations, the drive for household items in November exceeded expectations and was ended early due to the overflow of the collection housed temporarily at the Eastham Methodist Church. In early December, two pickup loads of such things as bedding, kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies were delivered to Worcester in support of congregations which are aiding new refugee families to America. Here are excerpts from a thank you note from Joyce, the lead volunteer at Concordia Lutheran Church:
“Sometimes supplying people with basic items feels like a bucket with a hole in the bottom. Just when you get one family settled, two more are standing there waiting. I am one of the lucky ones who gets to interface directly with the refugees and try to make them as comfortable as possible.
The donations that you and your team assembled are wonderful. Feels like a gift from heaven! I send you my personal thanks for all that you have done. The items were well chosen and of beautiful quality. Sleep well knowing that a few of the donated blankets are already keeping a body warm at night and pots are cooking on stoves.”
Secondly, a new idea for 2017 may lead to several refugee families coming to the Cape to stay with
hosts on the same weekend - affording a mini-vacation for those families, and providing an opportunity for us to gather with them for a fellowship meal. Stay tuned for more information.