St. John's Refugee Welcoming Team
Categories: Parish News

Thank You for Making a Home for a Refugee Family

As you know, less than two weeks ago, we were contacted by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and asked if we could set up an apartment for a family of 11 (yes, 11!) arriving on July 26 from Afghanistan. The family includes a father (45), mother (40) and 9 children ranging in ages from 3-21.

Without hesitation, St. John’s parishioners and other volunteers jumped into action and made this happen. Over the course of a week, the donations arrived – couches, chairs, tables, bedding, food, cleaning supplies, toys, grocery store gift cards, toothpaste, lamps, rugs, flowers, Metro cards, bath linens, dishes, pots and pans, a laptop, stuffed animals and much more! The generosity was overwhelming!

The weekend of July 22, we gathered items, delivered them to the apartment and a group prepared the home for the family’s arrival on July 26. Together we created a space that is warm and welcoming and will be so appreciated by our newest neighbors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion and partnership. You are a blessing!

Karen Berry
Karen Berry

Karen is the Director of Church Operations at St. John's.