How to support refugees: understanding, volunteerism and advocacy

September 20th, 2018|Action of the Week|0 Comments

Experience a fleeing refugee’s journey

Over 68.5 million people are displaced around the world, forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. 

As details and rulings continue to develop surrounding the entrance of refugee and immigrants in our country continues, the number of refugees admitted to our state has dropped dramatically. As a country founded by those searching for religious freedom, this is a blow to our national identity. Refugees are innocent victims of their situations, whom the United States has the ability and responsibility to care for and protect.

For an already highly vetted population, these decisions will only create more harm and difficulties. As an organization, Catholic Community Services of Utah will continue to advocate and fight for those who are the true voiceless casualties of this decision. They ask the Utah community to educate themselves and assist in fighting to preserve our founding rights and to assist those in need. 

In effort to educate the public on the current refugee integration status, Catholic Community Services is presenting a refugee camp exhibit for guests to experience a fleeing refugee’s journey. The exhibit will be on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 from 5:00-7:30 PM at the Gallivan Center in SLC. Click here for more information on this event.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. Donate – Create hope by assisting Catholic Community Services in their efforts of refugee integration programming for those in need in our community. Donate here. 
  2. Advocate – Let your members of Congress know you do not support a ban on refugee resettlement or a wall separating countries. Call and email them locally and nationally. Find their contact info here.
  3. Volunteer – More than anything, newly arrived refugees need a friend. Volunteer with CCS and help them navigate their new world in America, show them they are welcome and loved. Volunteers are needed in many different capacities. To get involved email volunteer@ccsutah.org or click here
  4. Become a Foster Parent – CCS offers a unique opportunity, not available anywhere else in the State. Their Refugee Foster Care program resettles unaccompanied refugee minors and places them in foster homes in our community. These are children who have been separated from their families, left orphaned by war, migrated alone, or trafficked. Alone they have made their way to refugee camps and placed in CCS’s care. You can help by giving them a chance at a happy childhood and a bright future. Email rfcrecruiting@ccsutah.org or click here
For more information on refugee resettlement, visit CCS Utah’s website.

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