As St. John’s Circle of Care awaits the arrival of Albert, Maombi, and 11-month old Nkundimana from a refugee camp in Rwanda, the group is asking members and friends of St. John’s to donate. Donations can be made right here or via check made out to St. John’s and earmarked for “Refugee Relief.”
There are four levels of need:
- Short term purchases of new clothing, mattresses, etc necessary to set up housekeeping and to defray daily costs.
- A long term fund established at United Way of Hampshire County that can be drawn on by all the refugees (51) to be resettled in Northampton.
- For housing subsidies to make housing costs affordable
- For support of resettlement agencies in the area that already have had their budgets negatively impacted by the Trump administration’s travel ban and “pause” in refugee resettlement. These agencies, which include Ascentria and Jewish Family Services as well as Catholic Charities, receive most of their funds for short-term placement and resettlement work, yet they are called upon to serve already placed refugees over the long term.