Kzoo readies for Afghan refugees

Area churches need donations to support incoming families.

Kalamazoo County is getting ready to open its doors to refugees from Afghanistan. Churches sponsoring the newcomers say they will need a ton of support and supplies to help them resettle.

Several area churches are involved in the resettlement, including People’s Church in Oshtemo.

“The People’s Church is committed to the idea of the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and that means caring, especially for the most vulnerable among us,” said Rev. Rachel Lonberg in an interview with MLive. “And right now, those are our Afghan soon-to-be neighbors,who partnered with our country while we had military on the ground in Afghanistan.”

It isn’t known exactly how many refugees will be moving into the area, but one estimate is as many as 100 people.

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Most will likely have nothing more than the clothes they are wearing when they get here, so the churches are engaged in a drive to collect all manner of supplies. Needs range from basic cleaning equipment to furniture like beds and tables.

Donations can be dropped off at People’s Church at 1758 N. Tenth St. from 1 to 3pm Mondays through Thursdays. The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 1747 W. Milham Ave. in Portage is also accepting donations. They are open from 9:30am to 3pm Mondays through Thursdays.

[MLive, WWMT]

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