Friends of Refugees’ physical offices are closed, our programs’ regular group activities, classes, and open hours are suspended, while our staff is working remotely. At the same time, we are seeking to remain accessible and approachable to our community in appropriate ways. Our initial response is to remain committed to the families we serve and our nearly 70 part-time and full-time employees:
- We are continuing to serve our community remotely and through one-to-one activities – so pregnant women are still being supported with appointments, employers and candidates are being called and emailed, gardeners will register for their plots via appointments, our family literacy team is keeping in touch with students and families and providing digital literacy education, and students are being assisted with assignments.
- We are working with our local schools, community health partners, local churches, and other nonprofit partners to provide information, services, and nutrition for our refugee neighbors.
- We are committed to continuing to pay all of our employees during this time to ensure they can provide for their families and others that depend on them.
At the moment, many of our volunteer opportunities are suspended because of Covid-19. CLICK HERE to see the opportunities that are currently available. Virtual Volunteer Orientation classes are held twice a month. Please CLICK HERE to register for Virtual Volunteer Orientation.
We share the sentiment of Justin Lonas from the Chalmers Center who offered the challenge that we not merely survive during this time, but thrive. “But to do so will require love, compassion, and obedience that most of us have only lackadaisically applied before. Let us be known for our love in these times.”