Our Welcoming Week collection is underway!

Our collection for Catholic Charities Jacksonville and Gators for Refugee Medical Relief is underway!
If you have any of the items listed below, please bring them along to a Welcoming Week event or drop them off at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Gainesville during the following times:
– Sundays between 10-11 am or 12-12:30 pm
– Thursdays between 12:15-1:30 pm
– Monday, Sept. 11 between 6:30-7:30 pm
– Saturday, Sept. 9 or Saturday, Sept. 23 between 10-11:45 am
– Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 5:30-6:30 pm
– Wednesday, Sept. 6th and Wednesday, Sept. 20th between 7-9 pm
Gators for Refugee Medical Relief can use any and all school supplies (notebooks, writing utensils, folders, etc.).
Catholic Charities has requested the following:
1. Pillows
2. Blankets
2. Brooms
3. Mops
4. Sheet sets
5. Towels
6. Pots and pans, baking sheets
7. Rice cookers
8. Hats, gloves, scarfs ( adults)
9. Beds w/ mattresses and frames, twin, bunk beds, queen
10. Umbrellas/rain ponchos
11. Silverware
12. Drinking glasses
13. Plastic drinking glasses for children
14. Shampoo
15. Deodorant
16. Feminine hygiene products
17. Diapers
18. Shower curtains/liners/hooks
19. Adult sweaters, men and women (small and medium)
Thank you for your solidarity with refugees and immigrants. Please contact graceyulichun@gmail.com or welcominggainesville@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Join us for our 2017 Welcoming Week!

Each September, Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County joins the national Welcoming America movement to participate in “Welcoming Week,” which includes a variety of events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants, refugees, and foreign-born residents in our community.

20690155_1818153544866977_1112350233081438834_oThis year’s event will extend over 10 days and include the following programs and activities:

Monday, September 18, 5 pm, City Hall: Welcoming Week proclamations by Mayor Poe, Commissioner Cornell, and local students

Tuesday, September 19, 7 pm, University Evangelical Lutheran Church: Speaking engagement by Ericka Curran, immigration attorney, along withBaker Interfaith Friends

Thursday, September 21, time and place TBA: Screening of 8 Borders, 8 Days with Students Organize for Syria at UF

Sunday, September 24, time TBA, Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Gainesville: Speaking engagement with Cindy Nelly, nurse practitioner, who just returned from medical work in Mosul, Iraq

We will also be collecting small household goods for refugees resettled by Catholic Charities Jacksonville and school supplies for refugee children with Gators for Refugee Medical Relief. Please e-mail us at welcominggainesville@gmail.com if interested in donating.

Check back for more information as we update the schedule. Thank you!

Free Online Course Offering: Welcoming Our Newest Neighbors

Did you know the majority of refugees and immigrants have never been inside of an American’s home?

Photo courtesy of The Refugee Center Online

The single most important factor in ensuring that newcomers to the United States become integrated and self-sufficient members of society is the support of their new community. Your efforts matter, and we want to provide you with the tools to make a positive impact.

The Refugee Center Online is offering a free online course to help individuals gain the necessary skills and knowledge to better interact with refugees and immigrants in the community. The lessons are self-paced, which means you can start anytime and complete the training on your own schedule.

Remember: Welcoming newcomers doesn’t always have to be formal. It might mean simply being friendly to those in your community. It might mean making a choice to go out of your comfort zone and invite a newcomer family to dinner.