Refugee Resettlement Ministry
Welcoming a New Refugee Family
Once again, partnering with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), St. Francis welcomed a new refugee family to Raleigh on January 17th. This family of 7 (mom, dad and 5 children) is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but have been living in a refugee camp in Rwanda for over 15 years. Thanks to generous donations from our parish community and a wonderful team of volunteers, we turned an empty apartment in to a warm and welcoming home. The family arrived tired but relieved after an exhausting three-day journey. Several volunteers greeted them at the airport with balloons, flowers, and lots of smiles. (Please scroll down to see more photos.) Once they got to their apartment, a delicious hot meal was ready for them. Volunteers have been back to visit and make sure they have all they need. Now that the family is here, our focus shifts to helping the family thrive. We welcome you all to join our Refugee Support Circle!
Please join us for the next meeting of the Refugee Support Circle
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 pm, Anthony Hall Conference Room
Our goal is to support this family by creating and nurturing lasting friendships. Help us make them feel at home in Raleigh!
To make sure our newest refugee family thrives in their new home, we’ve formed a Refugee Support Circle and welcome all who want to help. No experience is necessary. There are plenty of opportunities to assist this family: help them explore/understand their neighborhood, accompany the family to the grocery store or doctor visits, help them learn English, tutor school age children, take the children to the park… In short, we want to form friendships so the family feels connected to the community. To serve with this ministry, we ask people to complete the USCRI volunteer application. Anyone working with the children should also have St. Francis Safe Environment Level C Certification.
If you have any questions, email us at: welcomehomeSFA@gmail.com.
About the Refugee Resettlement Ministry
Through this ministry, St. Francis partners with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) to settle refugee families in Raleigh. Simply-put, refugees are displaced people who have been forced to leave their country of origin and cannot return home safely owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. They have completed the lengthy process required to enter the United States legally. Both families are Congolese, but had been living in refugee camps in Tanzania and Rwanda for 15-20 years.
We joyfully and successfully resettled our first family in June 2017. Both parents found jobs in Raleigh, the 4 children have made a smooth transition into school, and they joined a church community. St. Francis volunteers visit with them, help them with medical appointments and registering for school. We occasionally gather donations for necessities and collect Christmas gifts through the St. Francis Advent Giving Trees.
Again, partnering with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), we are now settling a new family. This is a family-friendly ministry that welcomes all who wish to serve. The time commitment and tasks vary. If interested, please email us at: welcomehomeSFA@gmail.com.
For more information on USCRI, please click here.