WELCOME THE STRANGER
Support Our New Neighbors NOW!
Can you imagine leaving everything behind—family, friends, profession, school, community, language, culture, climate, geography—and starting over from scratch? That’s exactly what so many newcomers to our community from foreign lands have had to do.
On Cape Ann right now we have neighbors who have escaped violence an war in the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and Africa. Safe at last, they are eager to provide for their children and become contributing members of our community. They are the new Americans.
Local individuals and faith communities have reached out to help in amazing ways, and the families have made a good start finding employment, pursuing higher education, learning English, etc. The young children are enrolled in school and community activities and are making friends.
The road ahead, however, is still filled with many obstacles including finding affordable housing and living wage employment and accessing childcare, vocational training, as well as mental health services to address the trauma they sustained. Initial government-sponsored refugee assistance has ended, so there is an urgent and immediate need for additional financial assistance to:
· REPAY travel loans they had to secure in order to get here;
· SUBSIDIZE a portion of their basic expenses; and
· ACCESS necessary employment, vocational and social services.
Funds will be collected by the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC. Once immediate and specific short-term needs are met, remaining dollars will be used to enhance the family support programs of Wellspring House to better meet the needs of newly arriving immigrant families on Cape Ann.
The stories of these new families may differ in details from our own, but most of us owe our own good fortune to the kindness of others who reached out to our ancestors or us when we were newcomers. However, unlike our parents and grandparents who were supported by cousins and countrymen and women, these refugees have no relations nearby to rely on. But they do have us.
Please be generous. All gifts are tax-deductible.