The Charlotte Observer recently published a story about the awesome work done by our friends at Refugee Support Services.
"Thirty-two refugees and 12 volunteers talked as they stood in the back parking lot of Shadowood Apartments near Central Avenue recently, northeast of East Independence Boulevard. They were waiting for the Help Center to open.
The Help Center is a weekly program created by Refugee Support Services that offers free produce and personal advice to local refugees. Rachel Humphries, who lives in Mountainbrook near SouthPark, said she and a former ESL colleague, Lauren Moore, started Refugee Support Services in early 2006 after refugee ESL students kept asking them for help outside the classroom.
The refugees wanted to know about navigating American culture and government services. 'They have so many questions and unmet needs,' Humphries said."
RSS is staffed by an amazing group of people who are doing so much to serve the refugee population here in Charlotte (including providing advice, support and a location for Make Welcome!). They're in need of more volunteers, so if you're looking for a way to plug in, check them out.[. . .]
As a volunteer-driven outreach, Make Welcome is dependent on individuals willing to invest time and energy into showing Christ’s love to our students. Whether you love to play with toddlers or prefer to assist in sewing - we can use you!
Our class is growing and we currently have a waiting list of women who would like to attend. But we can’t take on many more students without getting more volunteers. You can sign up to assist the class on a regular basis or simply help a few hours here and there. Either way, we’d love to hear from you!
For more information, check out our volunteer page.[. . .]