As former Afghan interpreters, security personnel, and their families are arriving in the Twin Cities as refugees over the next few months, Arrive Ministries is providing apartments, jobs, and basic household items for at least 80 Afghan refugees. Here’s how you can support Afghan families that have been evacuated from Afghanistan and welcome those arriving.
Volunteer – Arrive Ministries is a Christian non-profit, that partners with volunteers from local churches who share our mission of seeing refugees welcomed with the love of Christ.
*A note from our volunteer coordinator:
Thank you for the tremendous response to the Afghan refugee crisis. We currently have more interest in volunteering than we can follow up with right now. The next step for anyone who wants to get involved is to attend an October or November volunteer interest meeting online. Our welcoming response to Afghans – and other refugees – resettling in Minnesota is ongoing, and we will need you in the future. Please be patient as we work to follow-up with all interested volunteers. Interest meetings at churches are being booked out into November.
- Good Neighbor – Walk alongside an Afghan family for one year.
Action Step*: Attend a volunteer interest meeting or host an interest meeting at your church (beginning in November)
- Tutor an Afghan woman – Teach conversational English to Afghan women in the context of relationship. Please note that we currently have a waiting list for interested volunteers for this program.
- Action Step*: Attend a volunteer interest meeting
- Host Homes – Open up your home and welcome these newly-arriving Afghan families for a short-term stay. We appreciate the response. At this time, we have enough Host Homes to cover our immediate needs, but will need more in the coming months.
Action Step*: Attend a volunteer interest meeting
Donate Household Goods – Help us welcome our refugee neighbors with the basic supplies they’ll need to set-up an apartment.
Action Step: Check our registry for a list of household items or donate gift cards to Target, Walmart, Ikea, Cub Foods, Amazon.
Donate – With the recent surge in refugee arrivals and Afghan humanitarian evacuees, housing availability and costs are our biggest hurdle. We created a housing fund to help offset some of the financial burdens our clients will experience in their first few months here in the U.S.
Action Step: Donate to the housing fund.
Pray – Pray for families in Afghanistan and pray for those who are here, helplessly watching what is unfolding in their homeland.
Action Step: Click here for a list of prayer points for Afghanistan.