In early 2016, a group of parishioners gathered to consider various ways that our parish could get involved in supporting refugee families. We decided that we wanted to do more than just collect supplies or volunteer our time individually; we decided that we want to build a deeper relationship between our congregation and a particular refugee family by supporting them through the entire resettlement process and their acclimation to life in the United States. This kind of relationship is known as co-sponsorship.
In March 2017, St. Peter’s was matched with a mother and daughter from Bhutan who arrived in Philadelphia in December after living in a refugee camp in Nepal. Ways we’re currently connecting include English tutoring, transportation to doctor’s appointments, and developing friendships by spending time with them in their home.
If you’d like to be part of the team that is supporting this refugee family as they adjust to life in Philadelphia, please contact Rev. Sean.