Recently, the Random Acts staff embarked on a coordinated effort to improve the lives of refugee families. We’re nearing the end of our series, but today we’re going to focus on three separate acts from around the globe.
Bath Welcomes Refugees
The conflicts in Syria have forced many residents from their home villages. Random Acts Act Proposal Manager Laura Hales approached Bath Welcomes Refugees, a local non-profit in Bath, England, to see if Random Acts could assist any of their new families in getting settled in the area. Luckily, we were able to get connected with a family from Syria with some critical needs for their new space. Through funding from Random Acts, Laura was able to purchase two wardrobes for their home.
Help in Tacoma
Most of the time when a refugee family finally arrives in their new home, they don’t have many possessions. Some have to start completely from scratch. One such family, comprised of a mother and her three daughters (aged 10 years, 4 years, and 7 months) found themselves in that situation when they arrived in Tacoma, WA. Random Acts Fundraising Officer Hope Bixby was able to connect with them and get a list of the things they needed for their new home – everything from kitchenware, to bedding, to furnishings. Through Random Acts, she was able to secure many essentials from their list to help them start their new life.
City of Refuge
Given its geographical proximity to the outside borders of the United States, you would not think the middle of Missouri would be home to many immigrants or refugees. However, it currently boosts a population of over 8,000 such new residents. This can present a strain on resources needed for the area. Fortunately, City of Refuge, a local non-profit, has stepped in to provide assistance. Unlike most organizations which generally only assist refugees for up to six months, they help refugees for two years. They have recently moved into a new building in order to help even more residents. Through Random Acts Regional Representative Holli DeWees, we were able to provide funds to help them replenish their community pantry with items that are difficult to get, such as over the counter medication and toothbrushes.