Through HIAS PA's "adoption" program, a team of members from both BZBI and Society Hill Synagogue was matched this summer with a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We have been getting to know the family and their needs, and they are wonderful, smart, funny people with so much love and desire to make their lives here. We are committed to working with them for a year, helping them weather a difficult period and return to self-sufficiency, with guidance in career goals and education, computer and financial literacy, and housing improvements.
The two loving parents have six children, ranging in age from 22 to just born (a New Year's Day baby!). Their road has been a very long one, having fled Congo when the mother was pregnant with the first child, at which tie the parents were separated. After they were reunited they lived for many years in a refugee camp in Namibia while awaiting legal resettlement, officially recognized as refugees by the U.S. government. They were lucky enough to receive it three years ago, but they didn't have much support in acclimating to their new lives and a series of health and career changes recently has left them extremely vulnerable.
The most immediate needs are contributions of good-condition used furniture, and financial contributions to help the family get through this period when the mom of the family is unable to work because of complications following her recent birth.
For a list of the furnishings we're looking for, check out the "updates" tab, and/or use the contact link ("Fundraising Team") at right to send us a direct message.
The nitty gritty:
Your contribution via GoFundMe goes to a dedicated fund held at Society Hill Synagogue.
If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to "Society Hill Synagogue Social Action Committee" with memo "Refugees" (important!) and mail to: Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Either way, your gift is fully tax-deductible.
Thank you so much for supporting this effort. Your donation will mean so much to the family and make a real difference to their future. Our team will administer the funds, making sure they are used efficiently for the most urgent needs, and our continued relationship with the family will make your contribution go even farther. This is a great way to help new neighbors and stand for some of the central values of Judaism and of the United States.
Unfortunately, much of their furniture and kitchen utensils either is broken or belongs to their current landlord, so they will leave most things behind. If you have any of the following items, in good used condition, please use the "contact organizer" link at right to get in touch and we will coordinate with you.
6-8 person dining table
6-8 dining room chairs
small coffee table or large ottoman
32" book shelves, any length
2 38" dressers
additional small bookshelves for children's room
1 set of bunk beds and mattresses
2 twin beds and mattresses
2 bean bag chairs