New Interfaith Project to Help Ukrainian Refugees in Framingham
From: Father Carl Chudy, sx
The Xaverian Missionaries and Metrowest Interfaith Dialogue Project announce a new initiative in collaboration with Jewish Family Services to help refugees settle in the Metrowest Boston area. The Interfaith Refugee Committee will assist Ukrainian refugees who are anticipated to arrive in the Boston area by mid-February to find lodging and set up apartments.
The Interfaith Refugee Committee is a loving outgrowth of the Interfaith Dialogue Project and a committee within it. Its twenty-four members are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Bahai, and others. Committee coordinators are Susan Nolan, Rabbi Mimi Micner, Fr. Carl Chudy, sx.
The Interfaith Refugee Committee will help coordinate part of a much larger resettlement program that sets up apartments for the families. Based on Jewish Family Services objectives, the Committee will focus on the following:
- Securing furniture donations from the community
- Working with organizations like furniture banks and Welcome Home to secure other furniture and household items
- Moving the furniture into the apartment and setting everything up. (Renting a U-Haul, using community members to deliver in SUVs, trucks and minivans, whatever works for the group)
- Making the apartment feel homey and welcoming.
- Purchasing some food to fill the pantry and fridge and other household items that are ideal when new (e.g., linens and towels) as needed
The Interfaith Refugee Committee is looking for volunteers and donations to assist their work in helping Ukrainian refugees.