Living into Christ’s words to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark: 12:31) and “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...” (Matthew 25:25), we are a group that partners with Jewish Family Community Services East Bay to welcome refugee families from Afghanistan. The families we serve are in the U.S. on a Special Immigration Visa, which our government issues to those who have been employed by the U.S. or who assisted our military and whose lives are in danger as a result of that involvement. These families are settled in Concord and Walnut Creek in order to be near the JFCSEB office and the services they receive.
There are many ways you can be a part of our team:
A Welcoming Team is trained by JFCSEB and assists families with some of the details of settling in a new country, such as applying for Social Security cards, driving to medical appointments, enrolling the children in school, etc. This is one of the more labor intensive things we do, requiring 2-3 daytime hours/week for about 6 weeks. This is also one of the most rewarding things we do, as it allows us to get to know the families well and build close relationships.
Tutor in English: our families enroll in ESL classes and need help with their homework, as well as just enjoying casual conversation to build their English skills. This is an excellent way to build a close relationship and involves a more flexible time commitment.
Perhaps you are a gifted organizer? We can use help in coordinating donations and delivering them to the JFCSEB office in Walnut Creek.
Maybe you can participate in a group outing for the families as they get acclimated to their new home?
If driving or a time commitment is a deterrent, never fear! You can still help by donating grocery cards and Target or Kohl’s gift cards.
All help is appreciated and valued! No act of assistance is too small. The blessing of helping these families will come back to you tenfold! Please consider joining us.
For questions contact, Fred Bahr 559 909-1080 or firstname.lastname@example.org