Refugees & immigrants
Facilitator: Joan Horgan; 617-932-1085; email@example.com
Mission: This Social Justice sub-committee was formed in 2016 in response to the global refugee crisis. Our primary goals are education, advocacy and support for refugees and immigrants. In October of 2016, we presented a forum on refugees and immigrants. As an outcome of this forum, New Roads became the first parish in the Archdiocese of Boston to adopt a refugee family under Catholic Charities’ “P.O.W.R.” Program (Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees). As participants in this program, we adopted two refugee families in 2017. The first family was from the Congo – three siblings in their twenties, who had spent fifteen years in a refugee camp in Burundi. We collaborated closely with Holy Trinity Methodist Church in Danvers in resettling this family. The family joined other family members in Worcester after their arrival in February. The second family was from Iran – parents and two sons, who had spent three years in a refugee camp in Indonesia. We were able to resettle this family in Belmont in July, and we continue to support them. Our main collaborators in resettling and supporting this family are Payson Park Congregational Church and other members of the Belmont Religious Council. Looking ahead, we are seeking to collaborate with other faith communities in Belmont and other local towns in assisting recently resettled refugee families.
Meetings: This subcommittee meets the second Monday of each month.
Celebrating the initiation of the P.O.W.R. Program
February 27, 2017: Kyanga Family from the Congo being welcomed at Logan Airport by P.O.W.R Program volunteers from New Roads and Holy Trinity Methodist Church, Danvers Front Row: Rehema (2nd from left), Mwati (3rd from left) and Fazili (5th from left)
June 28, 2017 – Hagani Family from Iran being welcomed at Logan Airport by P.O.W.R Program volunteers from New Roads and Payson Park Congregational Church, Belmont Front row: Yacob (3rd from left); Back row: Samirah (3rd from left), Amir (6th from left), Arman (in hiding)
July 1, 2017 – Volunteer moving crew loading moving truck at St. Joseph’s lower church for Hagani Family
July 3, 2017 – Hagani Family at the ocean in South Boston
August 30, 2017 – Celebrating Yacob’s Birthday in their new home; From left: Arman, Yacob, Samirah and Amir