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Refugee and Immigration: Family Support Committee

Refugee & Immigration Direct Service
The Family Support Team is working with refugee and immigrant families, individually or in partnership with other organizations including churches or refugee resettlement organizations such as Catholic Charities, HIAS and others. Catholic Charities, currently, has been assigning families and individuals to us for whom we form Good Neighbor Teams: These are made up of two to 15 people, who then provide individualized support to these refugees or immigrants as they adjust to their new home. This assistance can be one-offs--such as providing furniture to an individual. But it can also be the start of a long-term relationship providing ongoing help and support as needed. This work includes helping families settle into new homes by collecting and moving furniture and other household goods into homes, helping with school registration, assisting in enrolling families in benefit programs for which they qualify, helping families arrange with medical and dental appointments, etc. It also includes ongoing support such as driver pools, helping families with grocery shopping and food preparation when necessary (e.g. in times of illness, when a new baby arrives), practice in speaking English and companionship--playdates with children of similar ages and other social get-togethers.

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

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Refugee and Immigration: Family Support Committee
The Family Support Team is working with refugee and immigrant families, individually or in partnership with other organizations including churches or refugee resettlement organizations such as Catholic Charities, HIAS and others. Catholic Charities, currently, has been assigning families and individuals to us for whom we form Good Neighbor Teams: These are made up of two to 15 people, who then provide individualized support to these refugees or immigrants as they adjust to their new home. This assistance can be one-offs--such as providing furniture to an individual. But it can also be the start of a long-term relationship providing ongoing help and support as needed. This work includes helping families settle into new homes by collecting and moving furniture and other household goods into homes, helping with school registration, assisting in enrolling families in benefit programs for which they qualify, helping families arrange with medical and dental appointments, etc. It also includes ongoing support such as driver pools, helping families with grocery shopping and food preparation when necessary (e.g. in times of illness, when a new baby arrives), practice in speaking English and companionship--playdates with children of similar ages and other social get-togethers.

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

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