Over the last several weeks, we have mentioned that our partners at Episcopal Migration Ministries, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, and the International Rescue Committee are all seeking urgent help to support Afghan refugees who are already beginning to arrive in Arizona. Over the next several months, families will be arriving in Arizona with little more than the clothes on their backs.
This past week, the Rev. David Chavez sent an appeal on behalf of the Diocese for churches to consider what they might do to support Afghan families in need. We have several options through IRC and LSS-SW, but one is both urgent and accessible:
The IRC has asked if we can assemble welcome packages with the supplies a family will need to set up a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. (click HERE to see the Welcome Flyer Kit list). I would like to encourage any families or groups within our parish family to pick a room and take care of those supplies. The IRC has requested that all items, including the boxes and bins, be newly purchased for the family.
There are other opportunities to serve as well, so if you would like to be more involved with helping families obtain housing, find schools or tutoring, or providing transportation, please let me know directly: click here to email Rev. Perry.
As Fr. David said in his note earlier this week, this is a way that we can demonstrate the love of Christ to many who desperately need some hope right now.
The Rev. Dr. Perry M. Pauley
Christ Church of the Ascension
Paradise Valley, Arizona