“ And then he asked Him ~ who is my neighbor?”--Luke 10:29
Refugees are people who, because of war, religious intolerance, and cultural oppression are forced to flee their homes, leaving behind all they have known for an uncertain future. There are roughly 13 million refugees in the world today. The majority are women and children. Most refugees move home to their communities when peace and stability return to their country. Resettlement in a third country, such as the United States, is the last option, and is available to only a tiny fraction of the world's refugees.
Our church provides financial assistance and volunteer support to Catholic Charities’ “hospitality house” in Sunnyvale. Here, refugees can stay for the first 4-6 weeks upon arrival. This gives newcomers a chance to complete some of the administrative tasks of resettlement, attend English classes, and find a job before transitioning on to more permanent housing.
In October of 2008 our church donated the funding and office space for San Francisco-based non-profit Refugee Transitions to expand their services to the South Bay. Since 1982, Refugee Transitions has been equipping volunteers to tutor English, mentor and provide friendship to refugees who are in need of cultural and language orientation. We are delighted to have provided support in this crucial step towards integration into Bay Area life.
What began as a desire for Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church to expand its mission focus has become a network of faith & community organizations who are working together to serve our new neighbors. This partnership approach has become an effective way to pool resources and knowledge in order to help meet the needs of the refugees.
We have been privileged to meet people whose stories and trials are humbling us, changing the way we see the world, and making God's work all the more powerful as we see God's hand in this ministry every day.
To learn more about how you, your family or your group can become more involved with this exciting and important ministry, contact us. Feel free to share this video or this local newspaper article with a friend.
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