Turning houses into homes: Refugee resettlement in 2017

Turning houses into homes: Refugee resettlement in 2017

Last year, the Anglican Church worked alongside others in supporting the New Zealand Red Cross in resettling many former refugee families as they arrived in New Zealand from countries far and wide.  Many of you as individuals, families and parishes pulled together and provided practical and demonstrable support for this work through the contribution of household items which were used to turn empty houses into warm, welcoming homes for these new New Zealanders.

Because of your amazing love and generosity, we were all able to take an idea and turn it into a reality, resettling over 100 households and making a positive difference in many lives.  And now it’s time to do it again!

The 2017 intake of former refugees begins very soon, and we need your help.  As a parish or ministry unit, we would love you to arrange a set of household goods and a pantry pack, and deliver it to Wellington Cathedral on the designated Sunday afternoon.

The opportunity to support refugees resettle is one which can be shared within your community.  You can invited Rotary, Guides and Scouts, your local school, or a business or work team to make a contribution.  Is there a parishioner who would like to motivate their work team?  Who else might you partner with in your community?

Attached here is a table showing when the families will arrive, with milestone dates by which time household goods need to be delivered.  Please consider whether you or your parish might commit to serving these new Kiwis on one or more of these intakes.

To hear more about the experience of former refugees in New Zealand, you can read about the Morad family, or the Parte family.

For more details, please email Rev. Kay Webster at St Luke’s Wadestown or call her on 021 268 5355.