This isn’t surprising: Afghan families have begun to resettle in the Houston area.
This may surprise you: About 3,000 Afghan evacuees are expected to enter the Houston area through the beginning of 2022, with the first major influx of evacuees expected to arrive from military bases early in October! This, according to the Houston Afghan Resettlement Fund, or HARF, a newly formed collaboration between The Alliance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and the YMCA of Greater Houston.
Lots of Afghan families are moving into Houston, and we can help these families as they build new lives! Here are six ways how:
- Set up an apartment with furniture and basic necessities.
- Deliver a hot meal to the home of an Afghan family. A meal is provided the day the family arrives in Houston. Paid for by Interfaith Ministries.
- Daytime volunteering at the Interfaith Ministries office in Midtown: Transporting items, school enrollments, data entry, client transportation, unpacking and sorting through donations, etc.
- Stock fridge of Afghan family with fresh groceries using a gift card from Interfaith Ministries. Groceries are delivered to the client’s home, pre-arrival.
- Meet and greet refugee families at either IAH or Hobby Airport and then give them a ride to their new home (6am-noon, noon-6pm or 6pm-midnight shifts).
- Be a refugee family mentor. Activities include virtual weekly check-ins, goal setting and goal management and planned activities for the family. The time commitment must be at least six months and you must engage your mentee for at least one hour a week.
To sign up to volunteer, please click here.