Your Church Family Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Refugees: Learn How!

April 08, 2010

This Wednesday evening, April 14, 2010, learn how your church family can make a difference in the lives of refugees who are making their home in the Sacramento area.

Attend an information presentation jointly hosted by Opening Doors Inc., a local non-profit organization serving the underserved refugee community in and around Sacramento, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
 
The presentation will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Japanese United Methodist Church, 6929 Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95823.
      
Opening Doors is a Sacramento Affiliate of Church World Service. It is working in collaboration with the UMCOR Refugee Ministry Office to further involve local UMCs in the work of refugee resettlement. (The local United Methodist community already supports Opening Doors' work of refugee resettlement through participation in the CROP Walk; Sacramento Crop Walk 2009 selected Opening Doors, Inc. as one of five organizations serving the hunger needs of local communities to receive 25% of the money raised through the walk.)
 
Every year millions of people are driven from their homelands by armed conflict, gross human rights violations, and fear of persecution. After a long process, those who meet the requirements for resettlement in our country are able to embark on a new life in the United States. Opening Doors' trained caseworkers and volunteers assist new refugees in every step of the reception and placement process, ensuring that the new arrivals will have safe, sanitary, furnished housing, along with clothing and food. Opening Doors then works to assist refugees in the process of becoming healthy, active and valuable members of the Sacramento community. This includes getting health screenings, finding suitable English language classes and job placement services, enrolling children in school, applying for Social Security cards, and much more.
      
"We want to make sure that your church family and the local Methodist community is aware of the many refugees arriving in the Sacramento area," says Robyn Papathakis, Volunteer Coordinator for Opening Doors, Inc. "We hope to share with you the many ways you can help, including the opportunity to participate in the co-sponsorship of a local refugee family. We are certain that you will see how you can make a tremendous impact within the refugee community, in a way that is realistic and not burdensome for you or your congregation." 
      
Download flyer (in PDF format) for more information about the April 14 event and the impact Opening Doors, Inc. is having on the Sacramento community.