St. Julia's Parish is a Partner Organized to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees (POWIR). Recently, volunteers helped find a home for three Afghan men who are seeking refugee status after fleeing the country in August. Without warning, these three men, who had worked for and trained with the US Government in various capacities, were forced to flee their country and families for their own safety. They currently need work, living support (utility and food costs), and assistance with transportation and healthcare. Two of the men need help learning English, and eventually need to test for driver's licenses to enable them to get to work. Two of the men have large families at home who are dependent on any income that they can send home. Currently, Afghanistan is suffering many shortages of work, food, and security.
A wonderful group helped pull together our Afghan friends’ apartment on Christmas Eve. Their home is warm and welcoming, and they are settling in nicely. Two of the three men are able to begin looking for work. While they get acclimated, St Julia’s POWIR group is committed to supporting them, but we can’t do this without the help of our parishioners and community friends. There are three ways for you to help right now:
- Support our Afghan friends by signing up for specific donations or services (gift cards, heating for a month, transportation cards, or offering rides to appointments) at the Sign-Up Genius .
- Donate below to help support our friends' needs over the coming months. These funds are necessary for rent, health bills, any clothing needs, possible ESL assistance, transportation, etc. As these men wait and try to gain refugee status, they are committed to working to support their families at home. St. Julia Parish is committed to supporting them in their efforts as they resettle here in America.
If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities or have any questions, please contact Colm McGarry, Pastoral Youth Minister at St. Julia Parish Weston/Lincoln, MA.