Refugee Immigration Ministry
For the past decade, a group of churches located on the North Shore have been supporting asylum seekers in beginning new lives in the United States. In 2008, CCHW joined the consortium of congregations in providing Christian hospitality to asylum seekers and raising funds to support RIM.
The day-to-day work of RIM is actively supported by members of local parishes. Christ Church members have supported refugees and asylum seekers in learning English, obtaining jobs and integrating into life on the North Shore of Boston. Christ Church has also assisted RIM by participating in several successful fundraisers and events.
Christ Church awarded grant
Recently, Christ Church was awarded a grant from the North Shore Deanery to assist the cost's of initial housing expenses for recently resettled refugees (first month rent, set-up costs in moving, etc.). This money was matched through missions giving from Christ Churh parishioners. This funding will play a key role in the resettling of refugee families along the North Shore during a time when funding for such programs is being severely cut. Finding decent housing and getting settled adequately can be instrumental in helping families be put on a path to a successful transition.
Due to overseas State Department processing, late Spring until mid-Ocotber is the busiest time of year for refugees arriving into the United States. This means that NOW is the best time to get involved in this inportant local ministry.
How you can help
Currently, we are collecting new or gently used condition. Bring something from the list below and place in the RIM steamer trunk located outside the PCR. Below is a list of things needed byt the Refugee Immigration Ministry. Additional help is needed for diriving assistance for refugees to various appointments and in helping refugees practice their conversational English.
Interested in getting involved? Please contact Heidi Busch via email, at or call her at 970-946-9948.
ITEMS NEEDED FOR REFUGEE ORGANIZATIONS
Pots and pans
Bed frames (no mattresses)