For the past five years, Denver Pres has focused its formal, local missions engagement and partnerships on the refugee community. To be a positive presence in our city and provide easy ways for our church community to serve, Denver Pres partners with Project Worthmore, a local nonprofit that helps guide refugees on the path to self-sufficiency.
In addition to partnering with Project Worthmore, Denver Pres has connections with several other local refugee organizations. Below are ways that you can support this community.
HERE ARE ways you can support the refugee community:
1) Monthly supply drives
2) Follow and attend events
3) Support refugee organizations with your time and resources
1. MONTHLY SUPPLY DRIVES
Throughout the year, we collect various supplies that are distributed to the refugee community through our partner organizations.
2019 Supply Drives:
January 27 - Coat Drive for Refugees - All sizes needed for kids and adults
February 24 - Care Package Drive for Refugees
March 31 - Care Package Drive for Refugees
April 28 - Senegal Missions Trip Supplies - Specific list TBD
May 19 - Senegal Missions Trip Supplies - Specific list TBD
CARE PACKAGE ITEMS
Each month, our local missions partner, Project Worthmore, distributes care packages filled with household and hygiene necessities to local refugee families. These items can be costly and hard for families to afford.
You can donate individual items from the below list or purchase all of the items below to make a complete package. If you make a complete package, please assemble it in a 12x12 box (you can order off of Amazon) and tape it shut with all of the items included. Please purchase items in the sizes listed below. Refugees will have to carry these boxes home and this ensures that the boxes don’t get too heavy to carry.
Liquid laundry detergent: 50 - 100 oz bottle
Dish soap: 18-32 oz
Shampoo and conditioner: 13.5 oz bottle
Jasmine rice: 2-5 lb bag
Cooking oil: 24 -48 oz
All-purpose cleaner: 32 oz
2. FOLLOW AND ATTEND EVENTS
Many organizations are leading events that celebrate and support the refugee community. To stay up-to-date with events happening in the refugee community, follow this Facebook page that's being managed by a cohort of refugee agencies: https://www.facebook.com/COWelcomesRefugees/
3. SUPPORT REFUGEE ORGANIZATIONS WITH YOUR TIME AND RESOURCES
Monthly donations to Project Worthmore
To make a donation: projectworthmore.org/donate/
When you use Amazon Smile to make your routine Amazon purchases, Amazon donates 0.5% of the amount of eligible purchases toward Project Worthmore for no additional cost to the buyer.
Start at smile.amazon.com (you must start here to be able to support a non-profit)
Type in "Project Worthmore" in the “Pick Your Own Charity” box
Select Project Worthmore
ACC is one of three refugee resettlement agencies in Colorado that resettles refugees in the Denver area on behalf of the U.S. government. Resettlement agencies help refugees into our community and provide a variety of services that promote self-sufficiency.
Sharing a meal builds community, deconstructs cultural barriers, and allows for community members to engage with people from all walks of life!
ACC's Community Dinners generally happen the 3rd Tuesday of each month. If you'd like to go, contact Karen Berry for more info - email@example.com.
If you are interested in attending the dinner or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Kate Weatherbee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Fraternity is a place of brotherhood and personal growth for urban young men. Their mission is to create a consistently safe space and place for refugee, immigrant, and local urban young men to build community, trust, relationships, and a sense of belonging as they work toward acculturating to the values and beliefs of the United States and their own coming-of-age issues. Street Fraternity provides a safe place where they can be themselves, connect with other young men and male mentors, and share their stories about the tragedies they and their families have experienced in their countries of origin.
Volunteer once a week to mentor, help with homework or job applications, or just be available to the young men.
Street Fraternity is open Monday-Thursday, 4-9pm.
Donate online to help Street Fraternity continue to create a welcoming and safe space for young men from refugee and immigrant families.
Prepare or serve a meal in the evening.
Buy, prepare, or cook meals at Street Fraternity any time between 4-6pm (or after if those times don't work).
Share your expertise by joining the Street Fraternity board or a committee.
Email Yoal Ghebremeskel, email@example.com