Rebecca van Bergen
It is estimated that there are over 60 million displaced persons in the world today. This is the largest number of affected people since the end of World War II. Of this total, an estimated 19 million are refugees for whom the United Nations High Commission for Refugees takes responsibility for protecting their human rights and wellbeing. Refugees come from a range of countries facing war or civil conflict. There has been much publicity from the past year regarding refugees from the Syrian civil war. Ridgefield Refugee Resettlement Committee plans to continue the United States’ time honored tradition of welcoming a family fleeing persecution in their country. With community support, the RRCR will help the family find housing, employment and language tutoring, assist with transportation, and help the family navigate the education, health care, day care and social services systems. We will also raise money: the goal is for the new family to become economically self-sufficient within 6 months after arrival. In the interim, the family’s resettlement expenses will be partially aided during this period through our combined support. All donations are tax deductible and will support the refugee family’s transition expenses (housing, training, etc.) until they achieve employment and self-sufficiency. Donations will go through St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Please join us & give today! Every small gift counts towards our goal!