In February 2017, KindWorks hosted a dinner for new refugees. In March 2017, KindWorks decided to support new refugee neighbors in our area by furnishing apartments for newly arriving families. We work with three resettlement agencies: International Rescue Committee, Ethiopian Community Development Council and Lutheran Social Services. Our goal is to prepare a warm, welcoming apartment home using donations of furniture, home good items, kitchen utensils, linens and much more from generous KindWorkers.
KindWorks also continues to work with the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project, providing job readiness training.
Ways To Help:
- Sign up to help with our apartment set-up for a family with a young son from Afghanistan on July 1st. Our third set-up of the week, it’s true. THANK YOU for your generosity and ongoing support of our Refugee apartment set-up program. Many hands make light work!
- Sign Up to help with our apartment set-up for a Pakistani family of 3 on June 29th. Yes, we’re doing two set-ups in one day because they are across the street from each other!
- If you want to participate, but cannot provide moving/set-up help or apartment necessities, please consider a donation that will help with our Refugee Support Work. Whether $25, $250 or $2,500, your donation will be used to help us provide this kind of much needed support this time around, and in the future!
Here are our past projects:
- We finished setting up another apartment for a refugee family from Iraq on June 19th
- We completed an apartment on June 13 for an Afghan family.
- We set-up an apartment for an Afghani couple on May 9th
- From April 17-21, we assisted with ASAP’s first ever job readiness training for Asylum Seekers!
- We set-up an apartment for an Afghani family of 7 on April 6th
Many thanks to Suburban Solutions for jumping in and handling the furniture move, and to Anne, Francisco, Jose, Laura, Deb, Theresa, Karen, Sue, Isabel, Sumiyeh and, of course, Alexa, for rallying so many folks who they knew wanted to help, and for making this happen!
- We collected Euros and sent them to Lesbos, Greece where feminine hygiene products for refugees staying in the camps there were bought and shared
- A minivan full of extra clothing and household items collected at our Welcome Dinner were delivered to Mosaic, a non-profit in Virginia, who is shipping it all (and more) to a refugee camp on the Turkish/Syrian border!
- We gave LSS the following items collected to share with their families who did not come to our Welcome Dinner: laundry detergent, toothbrushes and toothpastes, towels, shampoos and conditioners, warm coats, mens suits, can openers and deodorants.
- We kicked off our Refugee Support with a Refugees Welcome Dinner on Sunday Feb 26th