Refugee Resettlement

Afghanistan Refugee Resettlement

Birmingham and Berkley First is partnering with Samaritas, a social services organization, to support the resettlement of Afghanistan (Afghan) refugees in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Over the next six months, Samaritas expects to resettle 350 Afghan refugees in the southern part of our state from Grand Rapids across to the Detroit area. All of these refugee families will require housing. As Samaritas finds housing for a refugee family, our church will have the opportunity to fully furnish the home from top to bottom and side to side. Fully furnishing refugee homes is the primary, but not exclusive, focus of our church’s resettlement activity. Congregational donations will be the source of the furnishings that find their way to refugee homes. As a congregation, we will furnish as many homes as we are able in the coming months.

In addition to furnishing refugee homes, our congregation will also have the opportunity to provide refugee families with services such as transportation, culturally appropriate food, seasonal clothing, financial/benefits, education, and employment opportunities.

Church & Society Ministry (C&S) is working with Samaritas on planning for our church’s support of Afghan refugee resettlement and C&S will coordinate all our resettlement activity. Within a few weeks, as plans and timelines are established, C&S will provide the volunteer platform that will allow all of us to join in the resettlement effort. In the meantime, if you would be interested in participating with C&S in developing Birmingham and Berkley First’s resettlement plans, contact Frank Driscoll by email at frank.driscoll@mellc.co or by phone at 248.535.2225.

As we as a congregation await our opportunity to assist in the resettlement of these Afghan families, Matthew’s Gospel calls us to service.

“I was hungry, and you fed me; thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your home, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me.”

Chapter 25 vs. 35-36.