WRPC PRESS RELEASE
White Rock Presbyterian Church hosted its Not just junk in your trunk clearance sale on Saturday 23 October. This event raised funds and raised awareness of the Afghan resettlement program in northern New Mexico. WRPC is partnering with several other local churches to sponsor at least one Afghan family who will relocate to Santa Fe in the coming months through a program run by Lutheran Family Services. Event organizer Joyce Haven, member of the White Rock Presbyterian Church, said, “It was a great community event that went smoothly with the support of the community and all of the volunteers. .
The clearance sale brought in over $ 1,000 through donations for second-hand goods as well as space rented from local vendors who sold crafts, baked goods and lightly used items. Pastor Deb Worley of White Rock Presbyterian Church was grateful for the community’s response to this event.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to BE the Church and to generate funds, awareness and a lot of goodwill in the community! ” she said.
Some of the large items that didn’t sell in the Saturday sale were donated to WRPC’s sister church, The Navajo House of Fellowship in Bread Springs, NM for distribution to the elderly or isolated in the Diné Nation. White Rock Presbyterian Church has a long-standing partnership with this small reserve church and its pastors, Fred and Lorraine Thomas.
In addition to fundraising, church volunteers have signed up eight visitors to the clearance sale who are interested in being part of a team to help the Afghan evacuees. The team will help refugees make the transition to life in the United States. Please contact Rheta Moazzami, pianist at WRPC at [email protected] or John Clough at [email protected] of White Rock Methodist Church for more information or if you would like to join the team that WRPC is forming.
In addition to the WRPC team, several other churches and social organizations in Los Alamos are forming Afghan resettlement teams under the leadership of Lutheran Family Services. Lutheran Family Services will help approximately 400 Afghan families relocate to New Mexico. About 100 of these families will make their new homes in northern New Mexico. LFS offers a variety of opportunities to assist incoming Afghan families, including cultural mentoring, English tutoring, and placement training. Everyone who is part of a family resettlement team must attend an online orientation course, which is offered on November 4. You can find more information on helping Afghan refugees at https://www.lfsrm.org/programs-and services / refugees / albuquerque /.
The White Rock Presbyterian Church thanks its neighbors and community who generously donated to help Afghan refugee families be welcomed in New Mexico. Watch for upcoming opportunities as we partner with WRPC in this effort.