Helping Hands Refugee Ministry
The Helping Hands Refugee program addresses the needs of legal refugees coming to America. Have you ever thought what it would be like to arrive in a foreign country without any preparation? All you can take is what you can carry in your arms. You do not know the language and you do not know anyone in the city where you are going. It is a world away from your culture and you have no money.
Refugees have arrived in DuPage County under these cirucmstances. This program reaches out to refugees from Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal helping families learn basic daily living and language skills, budgeting, communication and conflict management. The Helping Hands program helps families acclimate to live in the United States, helps to navigate the acquisition of food, visiting a doctor's office or applying for a job. In the mainly seniors group from Nepal, the weekly sessions provide hope and a sense of optimism for a better future in America.
The Helping Hands ministry meets every Wednesday, except during the summer months, for a time for learning, sharing and fun. The meetings are designed to apply practical lessons and put them into action.
Volunteers from churches are needed to lead or aid in classroom settings during our weekly classes. Churches can sponsor a collection drive for products such as soap, shampoo, paper towels, cleaning supplies and diapers. Financial donations are welcome to purchase refreshments and supplies for weekly meetings.