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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. There are a variety of services that IRC provides, one of which is providing services for refugees that enter into the United States. Seattle is one of the major hubs for incoming refugees into America. The Burien/Seatac/Tukwila area of the Seattle region has a large population of refugees. Because of this, Seattle Open Door Church feels an obligation to do what little we can to help refugees in their integration into the local community. Everything about us is about reaching out to the disillusioned, disenchanted, disconnected, and disenfranchised. Refugees certainly fit into this category.
As a small church there is not much we can do, but we are only called to do what God gives us the ability to do.
IRC has as a goal to ensure that each refugee family has their minimum househould needs meet: Beds, Couch, Dining Room Table, and Kitchen/Household Items. Other than beds, they accept donations of used items that are clean and in good condition (minimal wear and tear).
How Seattle Open Door Church and YOU Can Help
Seattle Open Door Church can help by working with the local community to obtain donations. Our goal is to be able to make the connection between IRC and those who have items to donate. There is a good chance that when you came to this page you did not know about the work of IRC in our local community. Now you do. Will you help us make others aware of IRC and help us to obtain donations for this worthy organization.
Click Here for a list of items that can be donated, and information on how to donate. Please let your friends, relatives, neighbors know about the work that IRC is doing to integrate refugees into our community. There are many other ways to help this organizaton: donate, volunteer, become an intern.
IRC Annual Winter Welcome Program
This is another great opportunity to help refugees moving into our local community. We would ask you to consider parrtnering with SODC to help make life better for local refugees.
The IRC Winter Welcome Program matches community sponsors with newly-arrived refugee families resettled by the IRC throughout the past year. These families have escaped perilous and oppressive conditions in their home countries, and have undergone extremely difficult circumstances in order to reach the U.S. and begin rebuilding their lives here. Families arrive with very few resources and the Winter Welcome Program is a way for community members to support newly-arrived refugees with gifts and essential items.
The goal is to donate children’s gifts, a gift card, an educational or work-related gift, and a gift that will benefit the family as a whole. This is a great way for families, friends, colleagues, or classmates to team up and sponsor a family together!.All sponsors, participating refugee families, and community members are invited to join the Winter Welcome Festival on December 10 as gifts are distributed. This will be a fun event for the whole family with food, games, arts & crafts, and a photo booth!
Most of you will not be able to sponsor an entire family. But this is what you can do, partner up with SODC to sponsor families. You can donate money through our Crowdrise Fundraising Program (your donation is tax-deductible), or you can bring or mail gift cards to our church location (625 SW 149th St, Burien, WA 98166, 206-244-2186) and we will combine them with other gift cards we receive. This join together to bless refugee families! (The average price for gift cards is $25-$35.) Imagine how many families we can reach if we partner together.
For more specific details on the Winter Welcome Program, click here.
If you have any questions, give a call to Denise Bell at 919-221-2395.
Pastor Richard Dover shares about the heart of Seattle Open Door Church.
Disclaimer: SODC is not in any kind of formal or informal partnership with IRC. SODC may or may not support some of the work of IRC. SODC is no endorsing IRC. Some of what IRC does helps fulfill the mission of SODC, thus we desire to participate in some of what IRC is doing.