Urgent need for family accompaniment

Church World Service (CWS) is sounding the call for faith communities to step in and walk alongside 5 to 7 asylum-seeking families in urgent need of accompaniment.

Many asylum-seeking families are now traveling throughout the United States to reunify with family members or friends, but there is often not enough support in their destination locations to help them find legal support and meet their basic needs, according to CWS.

And, in some cases, there may not be a family member with whom to reunite, which means they have no place to go once released from detention, the organization continued.

The priority regions for accompaniment are:
• Portland, OR
• Sacramento, LA, Bay Area, CA
• Chicago, IL
• Jersey City, NJ
• Boston, MA
• Northern VA-DC-MD
• Buffalo and NYC, NY
• Columbus OH,
• Indianapolis, IN
• Grand Rapids, MI
• Miami, FL
• Lancaster PA

Accompaniment may include:
• Legal Services
• Housing, Clothing, Food
• Language/ Interpretation
• Health and Mental Health
• Education (School Enrollment and ENL classes)
• Spiritual Needs
• Community Activity
• Job Placement

For more information, please contact Bethany Showalter, CWS-IRP special program manager, at bshowalter@cwsglobal.org or 574-350-7380.

Additional information on providing asylum-seeker support can be found here.

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