In response to the devastating worldwide crisis of more than 21 million refugees (over half are children under the age of 18), BMPC is partnering with Bethany Christian Services to help resettle a family on the Main Line. Our current plan is to be ready to welcome a family by the spring of 2017.
Our goal is to develop a systematic, sustainable, and successful process to promote a family’s self-sufficiency that will be implemented during the first four to six months after they arrive. This is a very important responsibility requiring a thoughtful approach to develop a comprehensive program of support.
Volunteers are needed for the following teams:
|Housing Team: Help to secure housing that is affordable, safe and convenient. Arrange for leasing and documentation. Arrange for utilities. Meet the family at their new home to provide basic orientation. Help with ongoing household needs. Develop a wish list for housing needs.|
|Furnishings Team: Develop a donation list for furniture based on the family's needs. Ensure all furniture has been moved into the home, including beds and that all items have been put away and beds made. Determine what other needs the family may have (crib; high chair; stroller etc.)|
|Food Team: Provide culturally sensitive meal upon arrival as well as general items to stock the kitchen. Accompany family to the store to teach them how to shop/how to use EBT card/WIC items. Secure donation of grocery tote or wagon.|
|Medical Team: Provide transportation for medical appointments. Help network for dental care and other potential medical needs.|
|Transportation Team: Being part of this team may involve a significant time commitment. Team will be responsible for coordinating the family's transportation to a variety of appointments in the early days of their arrival as well as teaching them to use public transportation, walking and bicycling routes near their home and throughout the area with the goal of self-sufficiency.|
|Employment Team: Identify potential employers in the community. Assist with preparing for interviews, creating a resume, obtaining appropriate attire for interview/job, and completing job applications. Work with the Transportation Team to plan for transportation assistance to the job.|
|Education Team: Become aware of school district requirements and procedures in advance (online forms, supply lists, immunizations). Assist the entire family in signing up for ESL classes and securing English language tutors for children and adults.|
|Finance Team: Help the family understand the importance of becoming self-sufficient. Teach the value of U.S. currency and help to open a bank account. Work on setting a budget and long-term financial planning.|
|Clothing Team: Review family information in preparation for arrival. Create donation wish list for congregation. Explore relationships with area thrift stores. Ensure that family knows how and where to do laundry. Take family shopping for clothing.|
|Friendship Team: Coordinate conversation partners for the family, include them in cultural and community events and family functions, and/or invite them to church fellowship events.|
Please be sure to include:
Best phone number
Team you would like to join.
All of your ideas and contributions, big or small, are welcome, and will make a difference to this family’s adjustment and well-being. So far the response of church members and others has been remarkable.
We are also seeking partnerships with nearby educational institutions and other religious organizations, so please consider sharing creative ways that we might connect this work to our neighbors and local partners.