Holy Family Catholic Church at 9800 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 US - Refugee Ministry
Holy Family Refugee Ministry
Holy Family began the Refugee Ministry in 2011 and really gained traction around the fall of 2012. With help from Dick Berka and support from some parishioners we adopted 3 families: 2 from Cuba and one from Venezuela. All our families have obtained jobs and are living independently but I stay in touch and continue to monitor their progress. Currently, we are involved with the Refugee Re-settlement Program as a whole with Catholic Charities and continue to support the program with donations we receive from the Young at Heart Ministry who has adopted and supports our efforts at Catholic Charities. We have also collected furniture, bicycle for transportation, household items. and done job placement with help from the men's club. I have sent you a series of pictures that tell the story of Holy Family's involvement with the Refugee Re-settlement program.
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40)
“Refugees, having suffered great loss, including loss of their homes, livelihoods, possessions and oftentimes families, need assistance starting over in a new country. Their initial needs are many: food, clothing, shelter, employment, ESL, and orientation to a new community and culture. In partnership with its affiliates, USCCB/MRS resettles approximately 30% of the refugees that arrive in the U.S. each year. Resettling refugees provides an extraordinary opportunity for countless Americans to take an active part in offering a caring and supportive environment for refugees as they begin new lives. Without volunteers and resources from the community and parishes, USCCB/MRS and the diocesan resettlement offices would be unable to accomplish the tremendous task of giving refugees new hope and the opportunity to begin again.”
~ USCCB ~
Holy Family is one of a three parishes in the Diocese of St. Augustine that has begun a Refugee Ministry working in conjunction with the Catholic Charities Jacksonville Resettlement office. Our goal is to help a refugee family assimilate into Jacksonville. Each parish group/ministry will be asked to help in some small way to welcome our ‘adopted’ family. Refugee families need help: navigating the grocery store, enrolling children in school, getting a library card, establishing a bank account, going to/from doctor appointments, going through their mail, learning how to ride the bus from place to place, getting a job, and so much more! Our help will make all the difference in making a family feel comfortable and welcome in their new homeland.
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” (Mk 9:37)
Co-Chairs: Pat Nelms (H) 217-4360 or (Cell) 240-888-1924 & Dick Berka
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