Last Saturday, 17 refugee kits from St. Francis were delivered to the Refugee Care Collective. https://refugeecarecollective.org
It is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the city of Portland to come alongside refugee families as they work to rebuild their lives. It is sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries. Refugees arrive to Oregon with few possessions, and have to quickly build their lives again. Restart kits are plastic tubs filled with essential household items, and a complete set is formed by eight unique restart kits – one for each area of the home. The kits are received by newly arriving families and individuals, meeting a tangible need and communicating a message of welcome. It’s a first step in saying, “You are not alone. We are here for you.” Outreach committee would like to thank you for your ongoing support.
In addition to funding all of the supplies for 11 of the kits, Outreach has distributed $1,000 to purchase backpacks and $500 for school supplies to children identified as needing help in low income housing in Wilsonville. We have also allocated funds to help with the purchase of new school shoes. For the next few weeks, we will continue to collect coats, jackets, and tarps to assist St. Timothy’s in Brookings. The needs of the homeless in their parish are growing.