Of the 22.5 million refugees in the world, more than half are under the age of 18. There are 65 million displaced people in the world. We are living in a time of unprecedented disorientation and dislocation for millions of people – we must do what we can to stop this trend and we can begin by welcoming those who are arriving in the U.S. to create a new life. Give your time to support a newly arriving refugee family – read more to find out how, contact Nadia@sharingpeace.org with questions and/or interest.
Peace is part of a new initiative to sponsor a refugee family through Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. ACCA (Annandale Christian Community for Action, a local ecumenical coalition) has agreed to provide the financial support to welcome a family to the United States; however, this is contingent upon recruiting a good number of volunteers to do so. To that end, Peace, along with Ravensworth Baptist Church and John Calvin Presbyterian Church, is sponsoring two more events (the first took place at Peace!) that are designed to both create awareness about the global refugee crisis as well as get support and volunteers for the initiative. The events consist of a dinner portion from 5-6 pm cooked by resettled refugee women (we suggest a donation of $15/person, 100% of which will be given to the resettled family who provided the meal), followed by a film screening and panel Q&A from 6-8 pm. Attend the next event on May 5 at Ravensworth Baptist Church by RSVP’ing here, and/or the following event at John Calvin Presbyterian on June 9 (more details to come) – the film/panels are different for each event!
If you would like to support this cause and volunteer your time, or if you’d like more information, please contact Nadia Fitzcharles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the refugee crisis:
Visit Amnesty International’s site to see “7 free short films about refugees…”