Each day war forces thousands of families to flee their homes. People like you, people like me. To escape the violence, they leave everything behind – everything except their hopes and dreams for a safer future.
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Looking for an adventure in global transformation close to home?!
Join us at 7:00 PM on February 23, 2017 in the Adult Education Room 3204 at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, TX. We’ll explore the kind of effective outreach that connects us to one another even as we connect to the refugees who now call Texas home.
Expect a wide array of new news, contact info, interactive access, and the joy of coordinating with people whose hearts mirror your own!
Anyone who has a talent for welcoming, teaching, equipping, advocating, demonstrating, explaining, networking, hiring, or simply befriending – whether you’re young or old – ALL are welcome!
Details and speaker series re-plays are available at http://bit.ly/StrangersInAStrangeLand
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These individuals have undergone tremendous difficulties and are starting over in a new country and culture. While there are organizations that help them with a place to live and may even offer basic necessities, what they need is a friend and ally who can help them acclimate. Could you:
- Be a sincere friend
- Reach out to people on the periphery
- Take a stand against intolerance
- Promote compassion and understanding
- Make a visit
- Get to know first hand what is really needed; don’t assume
- Learn about the food, holidays, and traditions of others
- Share a meal
- Celebrate a holiday together
- Invite someone to join your family night
- Teach a new skill
- Learn a new skill
- Make introductions
- Ask questions
- Exchange ideas and experiences
- Highlight strengths in other cultures
- Speak to your town council about needed services
- Forgive ofenses or misunderstandings and try again
- Shop at locally owned businesses
- Welcome new people to the neighborhood
- Volunteer to teach a language
- Defend others from bigotry
- Learn kids’ names
- Learn a sport
- Teach a sport
- Offer employment to someone unexpected
- Visit people who are ill
- Teach each other songs and jokes
- Extend an invitation to a cultural event
- Offer to babysit
- Give a ride
- Practice interviewing for a job
- Donate household goods
- Help children study
- Act as a grandma or grandpa to someone whose family is far away
- Volunteer with a local organization whose work you admire
- Be a mentor
- Find local solutions rather than relying on bureaucratic programs or funds
- Recognize that time and relationships are more valuable than things
- Don’t hesitate to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit
Download PDF: 40 Ways to Help
Requested by participants in WC’s recent refugee speaker series, this participatory workshop is derived from one of America’s most successful courses in effective communication – whether among family members, professional colleagues, or volunteers reaching across cultural divides.
Link to Prezi Content
View the entire RSA Animate video of Dr. Brene Brown on The Power of Empathy, or check it out in the context of her conversation with TEDx Houston on The Power of Vulnerability.
Here’s a tri-fold hand-out that provides an overview of Refugee Services of Texas.
Representatives from Church World Service, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church, USA addressed the following letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott urging him to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
2016 11 10 Gov Abbot Letter
Security Screening of Refugees Admitted to the United States: a detailed and rigorous process
Resettlement is considered a durable solution for refugees who cannot return to their countries of origin or integrate into the current countries that are hosting them. Resettlement to a country like the United States presents a life-saving alternative for a very small number of refugees around the world (less than one half of one percent). Refugees seeking resettlement in the United States must pass through a series of steps aimed at ensuring they will not pose a security risk to the United States. Biographic and biometric information is examined to help confirm a refugee’s identity. The information is checked against law enforcement, intelligence community, and other relevant databases, including National Counterterrorism Center, Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security databases. A step-by-step overview of this process is detailed below.i
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