"Welcome" looks like something: it is love in action.
What is happening in our nation around immigration can be overwhelming. We see refugees and immigrants bravely leave behind everything familiar to seek safety, a life free from fear, and the chance for a new start. They are eager to learn English and American culture, enroll their kids in school, secure employment, and begin contributing to their new community. And yet how can the average person express welcome and support?
We want to help people in Memphis demonstrate Welcome in a tangible, practical way. Perhaps this isn't the season where you can volunteer regularly. Or perhaps you volunteer but want to do even more. That's why we are launching a new program: Welcome Partners!
Potential Welcome Partners like you can help us continue our services to refugees and immigrants in the Mid-South. For a suggested $25 a month, you will not only be assisting continued refugee resettlement services, you will be investing in the resiliency of refugees and immigrants in Memphis through all our programs and services. Simply put, your monthly gift will change lives.
To thank you and keep you connected, Welcome Partners will receive a new World Relief Welcome Partner T-shirt, and also be the first that we contact for any special upcoming World Relief events here in Memphis. One such event takes place this week!
On Friday, April 26th, we will be at Comeback Coffee for downtown’s Trolley Night! Meet World Relief staff sharing stories of welcome and ways to join us as you walk through select images from our "Welcomed. Welcoming Others." exhibit! Visitors will get a chance to meet two of our partners: Sarah Brubaker and Emily Frazier. Treat yourself to great food, drinks, and live music. The downtown atmosphere is always fantastic on trolley night so there is no better time to learn and fellowship with us.
Emily is a Humanitarian Photographer who has committed her time to working alongside us in capturing refugees’ and immigrants’ stories through the unique visual power of photos. Our joint photo exhibit with her will be on display in the store’s gallery for you to experience yourself. She will be present to talk more about her work as a whole, and the particular stories that she is presenting.
Sarah has recently launched her hand crafted “Hope Mugs” with a portion of the proceeds going to World Relief. Her main goal is the importance of spreading joy and hope in the midst of the darkness of our world. You will be able to visit with her there and learn more about her story! Her mugs will be available for purchase at the event.
This event will be a great opportunity to learn about World Relief's work in the Memphis community and just how impactful becoming a Welcome Partner can be.
- When: Friday, 4 pm to 8 pm
- Where: Comeback Coffee, 358 North Main
- Check out the event link here.
To learn more about our Welcome Partners, click here!
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By Nathan Spencer