MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- World Relief Memphis recently hosted Unite Memphis, a fall social event and auction to benefit their work of empowering the church to welcome refugees and immigrants in their communities. Held at Avon Acres, the festive fundraiser included refreshments, music by Wyly and Bailey Bigger and a live and silent auction hosted by 2019 NAA International Auctioneer Champion Trey Morris.
Since opening its doors in 2012, World Relief Memphis has served over 3,000 refugees and immigrants, and in 2019 they expect to touch the lives of approximately 800 people in the community. More than 150 attendees contributed their time and resources to making Unite Memphis a success. The proceeds will empower World Relief Memphis to continue serving vulnerable refugee and immigrant families in their community.
"World Relief Memphis is incredibly grateful for each and every attendee and donor for their generosity," commented P.J. Moore, Director of World Relief Memphis. "We're thrilled and humbled that so many people are committed to uniting our city and supporting our work welcoming Memphis' newest residents. We look forward to using the funds raised this evening to continue empowering the local church to welcome refugees and immigrants to our community."
World Relief Memphis offers a welcome, stable environment to Memphis' newest residents through a variety of housing, health, employment and English language training programs and services, helping integrate them into their new lives in America.
"Since the U.S.'s refugee ceiling was recently set to a historic low of 18,000 for fiscal year 2020," said Karen Spencer, Mobilization Director at World Relief Memphis, "our work helping refugees and immigrants in the community is more important than ever. It's such an encouragement to look around and see our neighbors' desire to support our office and take action by making an impact on our community and welcoming our city's newest residents."
To learn more about World Relief Memphis, visit worldreliefmemphis.org.
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About World Relief:
World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that seeks to overcome violence, poverty and injustice. Through love in action, we bring hope, healing and restoration to millions of the world's most vulnerable women, men and children through vital and sustainable programs in disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding, as well as refugee and immigration services in the U.S. For 75 years, we've partnered with churches and communities, currently across more than 20 countries, to provide relief from suffering and help people rebuild their lives.
For more information visit worldrelief.org.