Leaders and congregations in the Diocese of Western New York are preparing to assist the 330 Afghan evacuees expected to settle in the region, and are asking Episcopalians to help.
Donate to Help
The best way to help Afghan evacuees bound for Western New York evacuees right now is to donate to Buffalo United for Afghan Evacuees. The fundraising goal is $750,000; about $97,000 has been raised so far.
Buffalo United for Afghan Evacuees was founded in August and comprises five organizations working to help resettle refugees. While one of those organizations — Journey’s End (JERS) — is working in collaboration with Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), it is not an affiliate organization, and therefore does not benefit from contributions to EMM.
Leaders are asked to share this information with their congregations, and encourage them to visit wnyrac.org to learn more and contribute. When making a donation, please note the name of your congregation in the “memo” box.
Participate in the “Home Again” Program
Journey’s End (JERS) is currently looking for congregations (or groups of congregations) who would be willing to provide a “Home Again” for a family arriving in the next few months. Congregations will be asked to collect furnishings and other household items, and then help set up in an apartment. For more information, please contact the Rev. Canon Twila Smith.