Church responds to children and families coming out of detention

by | Dec 7, 2016 | Communications, East District Newsletter, Not In USe, South District Newsletter, West District Newsletter

The Inn

Thousands of individuals have already been served, and more are arriving each day. You can be part of the love expressed by responding in whatever way Jesus is calling you to act.

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People are rallying together to respond with love to a request for help from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. ICE has asked for help with temporary housing and transportation for immigrant families. Most of the families are from Central America and are in the United States as Refugee or Asylum immigrants. They have cleared background checks and customs. The coordinated response is called The Inn Project. Some churches are providing safe temporary lodgings for families for approximately 5-24 hours and in some cases 2-3 days. The churches are also providing meals, hygiene and bedding necessities, warm clothing, and other miscellaneous travel needs. When contact with the refugee’s extended family is secured, churches are coordinating transportation for the refugees to join their families.

What will you do?

Prayers, volunteers, and gifts are all critical needs. Use the participation form to register as a volunteer, to commit to pray for the project, and/or to give money or items in support of this project. If you’d like to make a quick donation or register for additional participation later, use the “Donate Online Now” button below.

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Urgent Needs List

Contact Gretchen Lopez at gretchenlokey@gmail.com to arrange large deliveries.

Open Urgent Needs List

Clothes for men, women, and childrenClothes and winter coatsShoes for smaller women, men, and childrenBackpacks, gym bags, reusable grocery bagsNew underwear for children or adultsSheets, pillow cases, machine washable blanketsDiapers, baby wipes, Pedialyte, formula, baby bottles & sippy cups, baby carriersDeodorant for men and womenChapstickCombs, brushes, hair tiesShampoo, washcloths, feminine hygiene supplies, toilet paper, laundry detergentToothbrushes and toothpaste (trial size are fine)SnacksFruitCases of waterRice, beans, cerealCup of soupSnack CrackersGranola barsFruit SnacksCheez-ItsPeanut ButterJellyDisposable plates, cups, and cutlery

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Telling others about this project is very important. Use www.dscumc.org/theinnproject to share this news via Social Media, in an email to your friends and family, or on a church website. Please note, checks should be payable to Desert Southwest Conference at 1550 E. Meadowbrook Avenue, Phoenix Arizona 85014 with “The Inn Project” in the memo line.

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