Support Afghan Refugees
While the political situation is complex, Hope for San Diego believes that our calling as Christians is to care for Afghan refugees as neighbors, with love. We see the special care and concern God shows for immigrants—described as aliens, strangers, sojourners, foreigners—throughout scripture. They are our neighbors, and we are called to love them in the name of Jesus.
Through our affiliate, World Relief, we have the opportunity to welcome these people from across the globe that God is bringing to our neighborhood, and make sure they see the love of Christ displayed by Americans in their moment of need.
Welcome a New Family – Apartment Support
As resettlement agencies focus on looking for housing, we are supporting them by collecting items and setting up apartments in preparation for refugee arrivals. You can be a part of collecting donations of household items and furniture, picking up and delivering donations, or setting up the apartment. This preparation will help provide a safe, comfortable place for refugees to begin adjusting to their new city.
Good Neighbor Team
What is a Good Neighbor Team?
A Good Neighbor Team (GNT) is a group of 5 to 10 people from a local church that partners with Hope for San Diego and World Relief SoCal to welcome and walk alongside one refugee family.
Teams work with Hope for San Diego and World Relief to support the refugee family’s initial resettlement or secondary migration.
Our goal is for each refugee that arrives in the San Diego area to feel the warm welcome of the local church and community.
What is the time commitment?
It is a 6-month commitment in which at least one member of the team visits the family at least once per week.
What are the main responsibilities?
Areas of support often include household furnishing collection, apartment set-up, airport welcome, education mentor, ESL practice, health advocate, and job coach. Mainly, it is assisting in assimilating the family supporting them as they navigate their new life here.
Receive the provided training and complete the appropriate application to join the team.
Host A Family
With the challenge of limited housing availability in San Diego, refugees are often housed temporarily in hotels while awaiting more permanent housing. However, the cost of these hotel stays reduces the amount families have available for rent. If you have available space and would consider hosting a family short-term, please express your interest below and we will be in touch to gather more details about your availability. Ideal housing is in the San Diego or El Cajon areas with close proximity to public transportation.
Requirements for hosting with World Relief
The home has to be a separate unit and has to have the following:
– Separate entry door.
– Separate kitchen or cooking area.
– Private bathroom.
– Small refrigerator
– Cookware so they can prepare meals
You can also offer your space for emergency housing through Airbnb. Find out more.
Our Amazon Wishlist has recently been updated with most needed items to help set up apartments for new families arriving daily. Considering these families are bringing almost nothing with them, every purchase goes a long way to help their transition.
Your financial partnership goes directly to the efforts of serving our Afghan refugee neighbors arriving in San Diego. Your donations will help Hope for San Diego respond quickly to the most urgent needs of Afghan refugees arriving in San Diego in the coming weeks as well as equip our affiliates for the ongoing needs in the coming months. Learn more here.
Interested in learning more? Sign up Below