On November 29, Ashley Makar, Community Liaison of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) spoke to a large FPCNH group right after coffee hour. There is clearly a great deal of interest in the current refugee crisis, much need, and much to be done. While Syrians are the most in the news, many are fleeing other intolerable situations. Among the needs:
- Letters to our elected representatives in support of increasing the number of refugees the U.S. government will admit to this country.
- Volunteers to help at IRIS.
- Donations – both financial and of materials to help set up apartments.
- Cultural Companions, who help refugees adapt to life in America, learn English, navigate public transportation, explore New Haven, and make friends.