We have an urgent situation. This evening, JFCS/East Bay will welcome an Afghan refugee family to our community. This young mom and her two kids fled Afghanistan and have been living in Turkey. The father has been missing for several years.
As is often the case when refugees get approved to come to the United States, the State Department just gave us the family's arrival date last week. As the family's anchor resettlement agency, one of JFCS/East Bay's responsibilities is finding them suitable housing in Contra Costa County.
This is where you come in. We have successfully located a short-term living arrangement for the family, from now through December 20. We are hoping that you or someone you know might have a connection to an affordable apartment that will work for this family after that date--either on a long-term basis or through January 7.
Please let us know if you think you can help. You can contact Barbara Nelson, Director of Refugee & Immigrant Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 927-2000. The family will also need furniture and household items once an apartment is located.
Thank you, as always, for your generosity and commitment to community.
PS: You can learn more about our services for refugees and immigrants here.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…