We've seen the heartbreaking stories of refugees in our world, and St. Pauls is doing something to help. We believe that as Christians we are called to welcome strangers. Welcome is what it means to be an Open and Affirming congregation. So, we're preparing to sponsor a refugee family and welcome them to Chicago this spring through RefugeeOne.
There are many ways you can be involved: we'll be furnishing their apartment, collecting household items, welcoming them at the airport and staying connected with them for their first six months in Chicago to help them get to know their new home.
We also need funds. The cost of resettling a refugee family in the first three months is $8,000. The Outreach Committee has committed $2,000 to the project. Can you help us with the rest? Any amount is welcome to help us reach our goal.
If you'd like to be a part of the team for this project, or just have some questions, contact Pastor Jeff Carlson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support!
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Facts About Refugees
A refugee is someone who is forced to flee or leave their country due to persecution, conflict, or war.
There are more than 19 million refugees in the world!
Less than 1% of refugees are resettled in a third country.
The U.S. takes approximately 70,000 refugees per year.
RefugeeOne resettles about 500 refugees each year.
Refugees come from many countries around the world such as Burma, Iraq, Bhutan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.
By the end of 2014, the UN estimated that the conflict in Syria has displaced nearly 9.5 million people, more than 40% of the country's pre-war population.
The United States takes 18 to 24 months on average to carefully vet each applicant to make sure he or she poses no security risk.