Refugees & Stock the Shelves Program

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Stock the Shelves Mobile Truck
Is a partnership between fpcw, Sukkat Shalom and First Congregational Church Wilmette who, as people of faith, are responding with God’s love and welcome as refugee families make new lives in the Chicagoland area.

The mobile truck is the missing link that unites an abundance of Northshore resources with under resourced refugee families, as they continue to build sustainable and thriving lives. Food stamps don’t buy necessary, everyday items such as soap and laundry detergent. On the fourth Wednesday of each month the truck will deliver these helpful items to Warren Park where families can select needed items.

Please donate: Diapers, formula, toothpaste, toothbrush, body lotion, shampoo, hand and body soap, feminine hygiene pads, dish soap, laundry soap, all-purpose cleaner and Ventra and Uber Cards.
In addition to donations, we need volunteers to help sort the donations and help load the truck one day per month, and be a host on distribution day  from 8:30 – 12 at Warren Park. Please consider helping with the important mission. The SignUpGenius link will help you pick a time to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your help.

In addition, if you would like to make an easy online donation go to the MyRegistry link.

Update on our Refugee Families

We are thrilled to share the news that our two refugee families now have homes!  Both families moved into two-bedroom apartments just south of Devon Avenue in Rogers Park in early November, and they are beginning to adjust to their new lives in America.  Lots has happened over the past few weeks:

-Children from both families have started school at Clinton School in Rogers Park, and we are looking for pre-school/special ed programs for their younger siblings.  

-Both families are now receiving food stamp assistance until they are able to offset the costs of purchasing food through employment income.  Fortunately, many stores in their new Rogers Park neighborhood offer food options that are similar to those found in their home countries.  

-Adults have applied for and received social security cards which enable them to seek active employment.  Dads in both families are looking for jobs.

-Both apartments are furnished with basic furniture provided by World Relief…and generous contributions from members of our congregation who donated bunk beds, tables, chairs, lamps, toys, books, microwaves and many other household items to make their new lives in America more comfortable.  Thanks to everyone who has aided in setting up these two new homes.

– Both the Beshara (Sudanese) and Habib (Afghani) families have warm winter outerwear, thanks to the contributions of the fpcw congregation.  Everyone now has a winter jacket, boots, hat, scarf, and mittens/gloves…as well as many other items of clothing suitable for braving the cold Chicago winters.  The weather here is definitely a lot different from the more temperate climates of the refugee camps in Ethiopia (Besharas) and Pakistan (Habibs) where the families lived before coming to Chicago.

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