Welcome the Stranger

$7,108 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 6 months
Created December 10, 2018
Welcome the Stranger: Help our Refugee and Immigrant Neighbors!

IMAGINE leaving everything behind—family, friends, profession, school, community, language, culture, geography—and starting over from scratch?

That’s exactly what so many newcomers to our community have had to do to escape violence and war in the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and Africa.

Safe at last, they have made great strides in learning English, securing jobs and housing and graduating from school and vocational training. And the Cape Ann community has been incredibly generous providing clothing, furniture, toys, transportation and friendship. But volunteers are simply not equipped to navigate the maze of public and private agencies newcomers must rely on for services.

So we have turned to Wellspring House, a local organization that already provides many services to our new neighbors, to offer a more comprehensive program that will provide concrete, hands-on help to trouble shoot and resolve problems for all new immigrants arriving in Cape Ann. To accomplish this, we are asking for donations to:

1. Fund a Resource Coordinator: A part-time specialist will connect newly arriving immigrants to educational, housing, financial and legal resources in order to resolve a host of issues they face. This staffer will be based at Wellspring's English Language Learning Center at the Sawyer Free Library. Goal: $9000

2. Provide Access to Translation Services: On-demand telephone translation services for non-English speakers. Goal: $3000

3. Mini-Grants: One-time grants to help immigrants achieve a specific goal (e.g. pay a security deposit to secure stable housing, purchase textbooks for a vocational training program, pay for car insurance to allow someone to accept a better job). Goal: $5000

WITH YOUR HELP, we can strengthen the fabric of our community and honor the waves of immigrants who have built Cape Ann.

TOGETHER, we can make change that lasts for generations.
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WE DID IT! As of January 15, through this site along with a few larger donations made directly to the church, we raised over $17,000! You contributed enough to completely pay off all the travel loans that our refugee friends had to take out in order to get here. Thank you for taking this burden off their shoulders. They are incredibly grateful!

We are moving into Phase II of the fundraiser, which will lay the groundwork for a comprehensive program providing concrete, hands-on assistance for all new immigrants arriving in Cape Ann. Details are now on the landing page of this GoFundMe site. Some of the many new faces in our community appear in the collage of photos below!

Please spread the word among your friends and family, faith organizations and community.
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We made partial payments on nine travel loans this week! There are so many successes for our refugee families: many of the adults are working, one young man is enrolled in the Gloucester Biotech Academy, the teenagers have received academic and soccer awards in our local schools, the elementary school children are learning to swim, the youngest are now enrolled in a Head Start program. Thank you for your support as we take some of the financial pressure off these families.

With the permission of our friends, here's a photo of one of the families who so appreciate your support. Please share this site and spread the word! Our goal is to pay down all the travel loans by the end of the year.
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$7,108 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 6 months
Created December 10, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, U.C.C.
Certified Charity
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Gloucester, MA
EIN: 320452065
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