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Recently, Bishop Ough, president of the UMC Council of Bishops called us to “…see the face of Christ in the refugee…We are to welcome the sojourner, love our neighbor and stand with the most vulnerable among us. These very values of our sacred texts and faith traditions…must not be usurped by any executive order.”
Here are the current opportunities at Mount Olivet to serve our neighbors who are refugees:
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We recently raised over $10,800 during the Refugee Donation Drive to buy needed items for refugee families in our area.
We presently offer services in five sites throughout Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Chantilly and the city of Fredericksburg. At each of the sites, a comprehensive array of resettlement services are offered so as to help newcomers “get on their feet” and become self-sufficient as soon as possible after arrival.
NOVA Friends of Refugees
NOVA Friends of Refugees is a growing network of people representing over 50 churches, NGOs, local businesses, state and local government entities, and refugee communities.
Refugee Settlement Volunteer Interest Survey
Mount Olivet’s work with refugees is expanding. We’d like your opinion on which activities you personally might like to help with the most. These refugees have been vetted through official State Dept. channels before they arrive in the U.S. Mount Olivet is working through Catholic Charities, one of the two resettlement agencies authorized by the State Dept. in northern Virginia. The refugees each have a caseworker, but the caseworkers must deal with hundreds of people a year, so volunteers can help enormously.