Welcoming Refugee Asylum Seeker Project Update
This January, the Strangers as Neighbors-sponsored WRAP team (Welcoming Refugee Asylum Seeker Project) plans to begin support for an asylum-seeking family housed in a Boulder County home. Our partner and mentor organization, CHAN (Colorado Hosting Asylum Network) will identify a household willing to host our family, and we will aim to provide the balance of what they will need to live in the United States. Needs are expected to include food, transportation, medical care, school enrollment for children, English as a second language enrollment for adults, help with finding employment, and support through the asylum application process.
While we know some of what to expect, what can’t be planned will require faith in God, teamwork and optimistic problem-solving. Our asylum-seeking family will be driving the process, and we will be supporting them. We look forward to an opportunity to experience what true Christian welcoming can be! We also look forward, when the time is right, to introducing our asylum-seeking family to our church family.
As you are heading downstairs to the office level, check out the United Women in Faith bulletin board for resources on CHAN, a white paper summarizing misconceptions about immigrants in the U.S., a welcome-themed Bible study (please join us 2nd Wednesday of each month on Zoom) and other resources.
Does this kind of effort appeal to you? Please consider supporting with your time, your prayers, and/or financial or material gifts. See Mary Beth Downing (email@example.com) or Bonnie Strand (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to join us! Men, Youth, you are welcome too!