How can a company, organization or group work with RRISA to welcome refugees?

 

Four Group Volunteer Options

Your group can support refugees during their transition to life in their new home. There are opportunities before, during and after arrival in Atlanta.

 

  • Hold a Donation Drive
    • Host an event or a party at your office or home.
    • Collectfunds for refugee families and needed items such as:
      • new underwear and socks for men, women and children
        (small and medium sizes)
      • cleaning supplies
      • health and hygiene products
      • interview-ready clothing for men and women

 

  • Set Up an Apartment; Welcome a Family Home
    • Prepare an incoming refugee family’s new home. Gather and store furniture and household items and set up the family’s apartment the week or weekend before they arrive in the United States.
    • Cook the family a culturally appropriate and familiar meal for their day of arrival.
    • Greet the family at the airport.
    • Welcome them to their new home.

 

  • Prepare a Welcome to America Lunch
    • Cook lunch for 10-20 newly arrived refugees or purchase and prepare a meal in advance.
    • Deliver to the RRISA office the morning of their first U.S. cultural orientation.
    • Serve the meal and meet the families.

 

  • Explore the City Together
    • Meet a refugee family at their home and ride MARTA together.
    • Explore and discover new and exciting parts of Atlanta while teaching a family how to use public transportation, practicing English skills and learning about cultural differences.

 

 

                                                  To get your group involved, contact:                  

Tom Van Laningham

Faith and Community Outreach Manager

(404) 622-2235 x239

tom@rrisa.org

www.rrisa.org

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Prayer for the people of Beirut

Light of new hope

God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.

Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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