As we all know, COVID-19 has presented the world with an unprecedented situation that will have a lasting impact on communities across the globe, especially those most vulnerable. During this time, our commitment remains the same—to come alongside our refugee neighbors and for them to experience abundant life in flourishing communities. How we do that will change significantly, at least in the short-term.

Friends of Refugees’ physical offices are beginning to re-open and our programs are making plans to re-open safely. We 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 small group activities – so pregnant women are still being supported with appointments, employers and candidates are being called and emailed, gardeners continue to tend their plots, and our family literacy team is following the latest safety guidelines and CDC recommendations to ensure students and families stay safe while learning.
  • 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.

At the moment, some of our traditional volunteer opportunities are suspended because of Covid-19, but CLICK HERE to see additional opportunities that are currently available. Volunteer Orientation classes are held twice a month, virtually. Please CLICK HERE to register for 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.