GUEST BLOG: Ascentria Care Alliance on How NH Faith Leaders can Assist Refugees

Dear Episcopal Church of New Hampshire:

There are many ways to become involved in our community as a faith community or as an individual.

At the moment, we are experiencing an incredible outpouring of support for the refugee community here in NH, like never before. The interest in working with our community is beyond our capacity at the moment, but we are working to better equip ourselves to welcome more volunteers. For the time being, I would love to put you on our monthly volunteer newsletter that will give you the most up-to-date information on Info Sessions and Orientations for new or interested volunteers. I will be in touch soon with more detailed information with ways to get involved, if you would like.

In the meantime, what we are encouraging all churches, groups and individuals to do is to support our growing New American community by holding donation drives. Many of our newest neighbors are arriving with the clothing on their backs and their travel documents only. We hope to gather donations of household goods, gently used adult clothing and school supplies to help our clients on their journey.

I have attached a document that outlines what items we do accept as donations and ideas for what we call “Welcome Baskets.” These items are delivered to the homes of our newest clients, themed to fit their greatest needs.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. I can be reached at (603) 545-7440 or by email at cperron@ascentria.org.

Courtney M. Perron, Community Outreach Coordinator, Services for New Americans, Ascentria Care Alliance