Learn More about Plans to Sponsor and Assist a Refugee Family

On Wednesday, May 11 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Center, PVUMC held an Open House to let the church know about a new way to help our neighbors through Refugee Focus, a division of Lutheran Social Services. Craig Thorensen, director of Refugee Focus, showed the video below and gave a presentation on why and how refugees arrive in the United States, which countries they come from, and what we can do to welcome them. Click here for a pdf of his slide show.

Churches in Phoenix have been friends, neighbors and mentors to newly arrived refugees since Refugee Focus opened its doors in the early 80s. Several PVUMC members had a tour of Refugee Focus, and met with its director months ago with the intention of learning more about how the church could help refugees. This initiative grew out of the Interfaith Speaker Series, Who Is My Neighbor, held this past spring in cooperation with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, and was recently adopted by our missions team, and approved by Church Council.

Keith Sobraske, who has been one of the leaders of our interfaith intiative this year, gave the second part of the presentation, focusing on what we can do as church cosponsors. Click here for a pdf of Keith’s slide show.

We invite anyone who is interested to join this effort as we move forward and live out our mission to be God’s love in action. Please email Keith Sobraske for more information on how to get involved.

Watch the video below to find out more about cosponsorship means and what you might be able to do, from donating and moving furniture, to buying groceries, cooking a meal, or taking the family out to learn more about their new city.

Visit http://www.refugeefocus.org/ to learn more about the organization and the work they do.

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