Refugee Resource Group
“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me….”
Jesus, speaking in Matt. 25: 34-35
The Refugee Resource Group is a diocesan group dedicated to helping the thousands of refugees in our area feel welcomed and supported as our neighbors. We have responded to their needs in several ways. Through the efforts of many churches and related groups in our diocese, our group has undertaken and completed these projects:
– Collected and delivered a large number of pots and pans, sheets and linens;
– Most recently, collected and delivered about 100 backpacks and lunch boxes for refugee children.
Currently, are donating these items through Catholic Charities, which has extensive connections with local refugees.
We have decided to focus this coming year on educating members of parishes in the diocese about who refugees are, as there are many misconceptions about refugees and what their status is. In particular, we hope to identify what refugee communities may be near our parishes, in order to encourage churches to be aware of their neighbors and help meet their needs. Our aim is also to provide information and speakers about refugees to both children and adults.