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USH Refugee Committee

December 15, 2022

Dear USH Community,


Here are some updates from the USH Refugee Committee on what we have been doing and how you
can help.

We currently support three local organizations:
1. The Lighthouse is a sanctuary/temporary home for recent asylees and refugees to our area.
2. Welcome Home is a local organization that provides educational, employment and material
support to asylees and refugees in our area.
3. Church World Service (CWS) is a refugee resettlement agency that provides all sorts of support
for recently arrived refugees, and legal support for asylum seekers.
While monetary donations to any of these organization is always helpful, there are some In Kind needs
that are outlined below.
The Lighthouse has two brand new babies born in the US! Their parents traveled here from Columbia
and Venezuela.  A baby seat – not a car seat- and diapers would be appreciated. Email harriet.taub@gmail.com.
CWS and Welcome Home are currently looking for winter coats, boots, gloves, and hats for men,
women and children.

CWS is working to help recently resettled refugees with their housing needs and are seeking small
appliances, kitchen items, cookware, dishes, cutlery, etc.
Everything must be donated clean. Also
portable sewing machines are always in demand.
CWS also looks for people to drive new arrivals to appointments. In order to drive for a CWS sponsored
family, you would need to have a background check for a fee of $50. If you are interested in driving for
CWS, you can email Harriet Taub (harriet.taub@gmail.com) for the forms.

Welcome Home hosts Fun Club every Monday night at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City. Volunteers are
always needed to help children with their homework, conversational ESL practice and tutoring for
adults, plan and lead a group activity for families, transportation of Welcome Home clients to and from
the meeting site, and child care. Welcome Home is always in need of volunteers and donors to support
their programs. If you would like to get involved and have more questions, you can email Hope Koturo
(hkoturo@hotmail.c
om) for details or contact Welcome Home (info@welcomehomerefugees.org).
Please contact Hope or Harriet if you have anything to donate to any of these organizations.
The influx of refugees from Ukraine, South and Central America, and many African countries to our area
over the next year will be huge! We will update you with new needs as they come in.

If you are interested in joining our committee please email Hope.


Thanks for reading!!
Sincerely,
The USH Refugee Support Committee

Mon, January 30 2023 8 Shevat 5783