Refugee Families Need Us!

$24,785 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 339 people in 26 months
Lara Lepionka
for West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, U.C.C.
 GLOUCESTER, MA
Remember when the refugee crisis first filled the news? Remember how you wanted to help an actual family? Now is your chance.

There are two refugee families--Syrian and Afghani-- who have been placed in Gloucester and who are in desperate need of our help.

They left everything behind. Imagine being ripped from your family, friends, profession, school, community, language, culture, climate, geography...

Funds are needed urgently. The limited funds they received from the refugee relief agency are running out. At this time it's not clear how basic bills will be paid in the new year.

Funds raised will be used for the essentials. Rent, utility bills, food, home goods, and other basic needs. The parents are learning English as fast as they can so they can get jobs and earn their own money, and the teenagers will be attending the high school. All of our local social service agencies have stepped in to provide services, but more is needed.

In our season of light and hope and with all that stands in our way, let this be the one thing we can do right now to make a direct impact on the lives of people who are new to our community and our country and who are in need of our help.

The families are eager to start their new lives in Gloucester, and your support will help make that possible. Please give today. Any contribution amount makes a difference.

A group of concerned Gloucester residents and the local interfaith community have organized this GoFundMe campaign. Funds will be collected and managed by West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church on behalf of the families. Campaign authors include Lara Lepionka, Peggy Russell, Susan Erony, Reverend Alice Erickson, David Russman, and Steven Lewis.
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Hi Folks,
Just to be super clear, please do not make your donation at the "Refugee Families Need Us" page from where this email update originates. If you wish to make a donation please click on the url below, which will take you to the new donation page, "Welcome the Stranger."
Click this link to make a donation and thanks: https://www.gofundme.com/uuh2an-welcome-the-stranger?fbclid=IwAR2be5mU5zFghOU5y5m8q38fKmaJR92iH9RVI1j81jFD_IA7b_OnwlNmvQY
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Hello! Thank you for giving so generously to this campaign two years ago! The families you helped support are beginning to thrive in our community, but still need our support. A new campaign has been launched on a new gofundme page. If you would like to make a donation please visit the new site at the link below. And many thanks.
https://www.gofundme.com/uuh2an-welcome-the-stranger?fbclid=IwAR0yVW3GEHX5X-3I1Vgwx0a_-N1HCGpWRIQvSHXxpt38Bj6uyUDRnpEgiRg
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WE DID IT! We have exceeded our goal! Over $20K raised in a week! Thank you so much to everyone who donated and shared. Everyone has made a valuable contribution to the families' new lives in Gloucester and our country. THANK YOU.
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We are in the super home stretch. $503 to go! Can we finish this today? Families are amazed and so grateful!
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Maureen O'Brien
25 months ago
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I'm Maureen O'Brien & I spoke with Peggy Russell last week . I have contributed to the Go Fund Me, but I would like to do more. Peggy mentioned that the families will need transportation to their Mosque in Beverly. I believe their day of worship is on Friday , and I do not work on Friday , so I would be available to help out with their transportation. I live in Rockport. Please contact me - 978 - 309 - 8294 (h)

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$24,785 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 339 people in 26 months
Created December 11, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, U.C.C.
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Gloucester, MA
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Mary Ellen Lepionka
2 months ago

I want to support refugee families on Cape Ann and hope they are made to feel welcome here despite all the president's anti-immigrant rants.

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3 months ago
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23 months ago
Maureen O'Brien
25 months ago
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I'm Maureen O'Brien & I spoke with Peggy Russell last week . I have contributed to the Go Fund Me, but I would like to do more. Peggy mentioned that the families will need transportation to their Mosque in Beverly. I believe their day of worship is on Friday , and I do not work on Friday , so I would be available to help out with their transportation. I live in Rockport. Please contact me - 978 - 309 - 8294 (h)

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