Our staff told us, "The families need to be visited more frequently."
Our refugees asked, "Can we have more times when we can talk with staff or volunteers?"
Our records indicate that more of our refugees than in previous years, are unable to come to distribution points for food, so more families are seeking home delivery.
Our experience indicates that households run by a single mother or grandmother will need visiting and supporting over a longer period than families with two or more wage earners.
Our experience has shown us that clashes between the culture in which a family was originally raised and the culture they find here in San Diego are better solved initially in consultations held in refugee homes, rather than in more public settings.
Our donors have always shown an interest in the way the Network builds trust and confidence.
" That IS what we do best, " we decided .
Energised by the October retreat we had just concluded, the Board of Directors for the Episcopal Refugee Network of San Diego excitedly determined several steps on our path forward, given all the feedback we had received. The first bold one is to hire two more drivers to take over some of the driving done by our outreach workers. This will give the outreach workers more time visiting families, helping them develop their plans for self-sufficiency.
As we begin to raise more money to allow for this growth, we are excited to welcome on to the Board, a new member who is eager to put to work for us his skills in advertising and video-making.
For all these reasons we are ready to move forward with your help. Your support of our project in many different ways, has led to graduations from High Schools and from Universities and to successful completion of cerificates that lead to better jobs. Because we work only with UN certified refugees who are legal residents in San Diego County, you can be assured that every dollar is of great value. It will help adults and children improve their English skills; it will help us find scolarships for those ready for more education; it will open up opportunities that will keep hope and joy alive in refugee lives.
We also are encouraged by the end of year opportunities provided by GlobalGiving. They are providing matching funds and bonuses, to leverage even more funds from your donations on Giving Tuesday and from then until December 31. Please help us with our goal of 50 individual donors on Giving Tuesday (November 27th). And if you can make this donation the first of regular monthly donations, the amount of the first donation will be matched up to $200.
Please mark your calendars now! Giving Tuesday for our project on GlobalGiving's website starts at 1 minute past midnight on Tuesday November 26 EASTERN TIME and ends 1 minute before midnight on Wednesday November 27 EASTERN TIME.
Matching funds will apply until they run out, so it is advantageous to find out what the eqivalent time is where you are on Tuesday 26, and arrange to check out our project, "Bridge to Self-Reliance - 2,000 refugees in San Diego", on GlobalGiving's website, to make a donation there early in the time frame. We are aiming at 50 individual donors this time, so please ask your adult family members. to also make a donation, in that same 24 hour time-frame, each using a credit card with his/her name on it. Please like us on Facebook or other social media platforms. Spread the word about why you have supported us in the past and our excitement about the year ahead, when you meet friends who share your interests. It would be fun to go viral! Most of you have been through this process before. If all of you bring along 4 more into the 24 hour action, that would make the goal easily reachable.
Thank you for being supporters of this project, and for all you are able to do to help us once again.