Special Christmas Offering
Minnesota Council of Churches Response to Resettling Afghan Refugees in Minnesota
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In August, tens of thousands of people were evacuated from Afghanistan for their safety and security. As a refugee resettlement agency, the Minnesota Council of Churches is working to welcome and serve Afghans arriving in Minnesota, to secure housing, enroll children in school and adults in ESL classes, help families apply for public assistance and medical care, and connect families to the services and supports they will need to become self-sufficient in their new homes.
MCC has now received and begun serving 105 individuals from Afghanistan, and we anticipate welcoming over 200 individuals by the end of 2021.
MCC Refugee Services staff are working nearly around the clock, from late nights greeting arrivals at the airport, to long days on the road connecting people with the resources they need. Though extremely challenging, this work is core to our mission, and we are grateful to be able to offer our services to those in need.
We could not and do not do this work alone! We are humbled by the outpouring of support from our communities who have come together to donate their time and resources to support Afghan families arriving Minnesota. In addition to material support, our community networks — schools, mosques, synagogues, churches, non-profits, landlords, members of the Afghan community— are at the heart of resettlement and provide the essential tools and resources necessary for people to thrive in their new homes.
We are grateful that our nation is committing to open its doors to 125,000 refugees in 2022, the highest number of displaced people in 15 years. Many are fleeing conflict or seeking a permanent home after years — even decades— spent in refugee camps. Now, as Afghans arrive in Minnesota, MCC continues to welcome refugees from around the world, and it is imperative that we provide them with the support and resources they need to successfully resettle in Minnesota.
We enter 2022 readying to welcome and serve nearly 800 arrivals from Afghanistan and around the world, nearly ten times our arrivals in 2021! Now more than ever, we rely on your support, to meet the immense needs of families and rapidly build critical services and resources. Your donation can provide:
- Household items such as pillows, bedding, towels and kitchen utensils
- An extra month of rent — as the costs of housing soar around the state
- A laptop for a family with several school-aged and parents who need to participate in English classes or virtual doctor appointments, as many of these resources remain accessible online due to the Covid-19 crisis
- Experienced staff to connect a growing number of families with essential resources
Will you make a donation today through our Special Christmas Offering? Your generous support is needed to sow seeds of hope for the future of refugees in Minnesota.