Fairmount is helping a refugee family, recently arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and living in the “Old Brooklyn” neighborhood on the near West Side of Cleveland.
The Munyazesa family includes a mother, father, and six children, ages 6 to 20. The Mom and oldest son attend daily classes at Catholic Charities and are working to find full-time employment. Mvuriye recently started a full-time job at Orlando Baking. The other five children are attending the International Newcomer Academy @TJ.
Since we first met the Munyazesa family in mid November, our focus, based on conversations with the family, has been helping the family in the kitchen, washing clothes, responding to clothing needs, learning English, and identifying nearby resources. Support by our Fairmount family in responding to the “Giving Tree” was essential in helping over the holidays the family with some critical needs.
Fairmount will be providing clothing for the family. You can donate to the clothing effort by purchasing items of clothing, providing “gently used” items, or through cash donations. If you want to provide/purchase a particular item, see the list below, then email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org with the items you have purchased/provided. All donated clothing may be dropped off in the south Chilcote Room at Fairmount.
The cash donations will be used for shoes, socks, underwear and other clothing needs that are not fulfilled through clothing donations. Fairmount volunteers on our refugee mentoring team will use the cash donations to shop along with the family for the clothes. Cash donations can be made by mail or in person at the Church office. When you make a cash donation, please note that the donation is for the refugee family. We would like to receive all cash donations by January 31, 2019.
Thank you for being a part of our effort to help this refugee family adjust to life in America.
The Fairmount Refugee Mentoring Team