Published June 26, 2014
ATLANTA—Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Refugee Resettlement Program has seen an unprecedented number of refugee arrivals over the past months. This trend is expected to continue through the summer.
According to Catholic Charities, the United States offers a safe haven for approximately 70,000 refugees each year. Around 2,500 of these refugees are resettled in Georgia.
Because of the large influx of refugees to the area, Catholic Charities’ supplies are low. The organization needs household items to set up some 60 apartments over the next two months. These apartments are for families arriving from refugee camps all over the world.
Items desperately needed include furniture, pots and pans, twin size sheets and comforters, cleaning supplies, and bathroom supplies. These items may be new or gently used. Specific furniture needs include tables and chairs and small dressers.
Donated items may be dropped off at Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Northlake office at 2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 150, Building 9, Atlanta.
Volunteer help is also needed to assist Catholic Charities staff with the actual moving in and setting up of these apartments, taking clients to doctor’s appointments or transporting families to grocery stores.
“Family Friends” are needed to help families adjust to a new life in Atlanta, as are job coaches to assist refugees in finding employment.
For a detailed list of apartment items needed, please visit the Catholic Charities Atlanta website at www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/community/volunteers/volunteer-projects-and-drives/.
Arrangements for donations of furnishings may also be made online.
For more information on types of donations or support needed, contact Kim Longshore, community resource specialist, at 678-222-3964 by email to: email@example.com.