We are organizing a team of 5-10 parishioners to serve a family of Afghan refugees as they come to America. We will be working through Commonwealth Cahtolic Charities (CCC) who is instrumental in answering the call of the Gospel and welcoming and providing aid to these families. These refugee families have been forced to flee their country, leaving behind all posessions, family, businesses, and community to begin life in the United States.
Many hands make light work and there is a lot to do! Between the tasks listed below and the good we can do through fundraising we can be a light in the darkness.
Objectives and Tasks
Set-up apartments, collect donations and/or supply welcome kits, airport reception, provide culturally-appropriate meal upon arrival, transportation to/from appointments for first 90 days, weekly check-ins, provide three additional Core Areas of Support such as ESL enrollment or tutoring, cultural orientation, financial literacy, career planning, attaining educational goals, grocery and clothes shopping, job interview prep, etc., participate in monthly leadership calls.
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CCC of Virginia has collected clothing, furniture, supplies and home goods to help refugees get started in their new country.
Afghan Refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport in 2021 awaiting processing at American Military installations before entering resettlement programs like the one set up by Commonwealth Catholic Charities.
Pope Francis meets with refugees in Greece in 2016, the Holy Father is clear in his call for Catholics around the world to offer help and assistance to refugees who have been displaced from their home countries.