Restoring Dignity #31
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
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Four years ago, a Karen family of nine came to the United States after spending over a decade in a refugee camp in Thailand. Before they were forced to flee their home country of Burma, the mother and father met, married, and lived a peaceful life. Their first child came, and then their second, and things were looking promising and hopeful. However, their dreams of raising a family together in their home country were abruptly ended when the raging civil war in Burma intensified to a point where they could no longer live in their village without fear of being killed. They fled with the rest of their family to a refugee camp, where they found themselves trapped behind camp fences. The only redeeming thought was of being resettled in another country. At the camps, they gave birth to the rest of their children (except the youngest). Shortly after their seventh child was born, they discovered that they had been chosen to resettle in the United States. The magnitude of such an opportunity is often hard to grasp among non-refugees. Only 1% (one percent!) of displaced people worldwide are resettled. To be given a ticket to another country is the equivalent of winning the lottery. Upon coming to the United States, the father gained employment in a meat packing factory and the family began saving penny by penny, hoping one day to save enough to buy a home. Four years of saving paid off, and they were able to put down a small down payment on a house! This was a huge relief, as they had been raising their eight kids in a two bedroom apartment for four years. Moving to the house has been a tremendous blessing for the family, but it also has its disadvantages. Home repairs are expensive and the father’s income is enough to pay the mortgage and bills, but not much else. Restoring Dignity and Relevant Church found out that this family was struggling to obtain household items and house repairs, so we met with them and they welcomed our help with open arms. On Saturday, October 6th, 2018, we will provide this family with much-needed household items and home repairs. Our aim is to provide them with what they need to thrive in their new life. Join us!
DONATION DROP-OFF TIMES
The Restoring Dignity storage facility will be accepting donation drop-offs on the following dates and times:
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 10am-12pm
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 10am-12pm
**Please note that there will not be any donation pickups for this project. If you are bringing large items, you can drop them off at the location mentioned above, or you can bring them the day of the project.**
If you have questions, please contact Kristin with Relevant Church at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Restoring Dignity storage facility is located in the block of garages behind the Omar Baking Building (Omar Baking Building Address: 4383 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE, 68131). The storage facility is in a fenced-in lot on the corner of 45th and Izard street.
**Please do NOT drop off items outside of the storage unit when no one is there. Items are liable to be stolen if they are left outside.**
For a map of where the storage unit is located, please visit: http://rdomaha.org/donation-drop-off/