Portland Advent Gift
Every year, Portland area churches have the opportunity to give a collective gift that has a great impact on justice-related initiatives in our city. This year’s recipient is Refugee Care Collective, an organization that exists to care for refugees resettled in Portland by showing them the love of Jesus as they transition from lives under crisis to lives filled with hope.
Refugees are people fleeing persecution, war, and violence. From October of this year through September of 2017, around 1,800 refugees will find hope, a safe place to live, and their new home in Portland. Unfortunately the state of the rental market has led to a lack of housing options for newly arriving families. The refugee resettlement agencies are desperate, as funds are needed for short-term and long-term solutions to resettle those being placed here.
We would love for you to consider contributing to what will help some of the most vulnerable people in our city. This 2016 gift will go toward the following identified needs:
1. Emergency Housing Fund
Many refugee families are currently arriving to Portland without having a place to stay long-term. Due to the tight rental market and inherent challenges in acquiring apartments without residents (refugees) being present, they are placed in whatever temporary shelter can be found. Refugees are also in the impossible situation of paying for housing in Portland with the limited funds they have. The Emergency Housing Fund will provide temporary housing for families that don’t have a place to stay upon their arrival, and also help subsidize the cost of rent as families arrive, before they begin working and making an income.
2. Long-Term Solution
Refugee Care Collective partners closely with the refugee resettlement agencies, Lutheran Community Services and Catholic Charities. As long-term solutions for refugee resettlement housing are explored, we will support the agencies financially in developing and carrying out plans that will sustain refugee resettlement in our city for many years to come.
We have the unique honor and responsibility to welcome, care for, and love more refugees than the majority of our country receives. These funds will impact the lives of many in profound ways, as refugee families transition from their crisis-centric reality to a thriving new life in Portland.
For those interested in giving, the gifts will be collected from December 1, 2016 to February 28th, 2017.
Refugee Care Collective
Attn: Portland Christmas Gift
10160 SW Nimbus Ave, Suite F3
Portland, Oregon 97223
Please make checks payable to Refugee Care Collective and include “Portland Christmas Gift” within the memo line.
You can also make a donation online, here.
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