Nov 22, 2021 | by Richard Rhodes
Just a few months ago, we witnessed thousands of people from Afghanistan fleeing their country. Approximately 55,000 evacuees have been relocated to the U.S. and need help in restarting their lives - securing housing, employment, clothes, food, and school supplies.
Grace Chapel will be working alongside our mission partner Emmanuel Gospel Center, World Relief, and LexRAP (Lexington Refugee Assistance Program) as they assist 20 families resettling in Greater Boston and around the US. We will be collecting funds and household items, as well as finding volunteers to assist with rides for medical appointments, getting kids registered in school, navigating banks and grocery stores, learning English and other aspects of American life.
Some needs will be short term and immediate. Longer-term needs will be for friendship, community, and emotional support.
There are many ways that you can help welcome these new arrivals from Afghanistan…. by providing rides to the supermarket and doctor appointments, showing them around the neighborhood and public transit and setting up their apartments to make their transition to a new home a good one. You can even provide temporary housing for 2-3 months for a family!
MAKING TOILETRY KITS
There are now over 50 Grace Chapel Afghan Resettlement Volunteers partnering with Emmanuel Gospel Centers as they support the resettlement of 20 Afghan Families, providing rides, neighborhood orientations, apartment set ups and collecting donated items. Here are some volunteers putting together 20 toiletry bags for these families.
If you would like to donate needed items for these families, click the link below to sign up to donate: