- Jun 05, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDTNew Milford, 12 Main St, New Milford, CT 06776, USAThe New Milford Refugee Resettlement, is also resettling another Afghan family just across the street from the Awrang family! Mr. Matin Maliksada, is a master ceramicist. Come see a demonstration and even consider a purchase and/or commission!
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Jack Baker and the Litchfield Distillery for underwriting this event. This enabled us to raise just over $18,000, which will greatly help our efforts to support our current family and more to come. It was a sold-out event that helped expand our reach to new community members and our common mission.
At the initiative of Kat Richards, a first year at FGS, she organized a Saturday evening event not only to collect funds, but to more widely inform her peers of the local efforts being made to help refugees.
On December 4th and 10th we hosted an interactive fundraising activity for WRRP at the Judy Black Park on. Visitors to the table were invited to donate toward one of the many items listed, with a bucket for each hanging from our pretty winter wonderland tree. They were able to donate cash on the spot or go online at the table to donate on our website through our GoFundMe page. In addition, adults and children alike were invited to write a note to welcome the refugee family, on seasonal notecards provided. Finally, our table "hosts" were able to collect email addresses of people interested in learning more about the project.
In total, so far, we've collected almost $1000 plus a pledge of another $1000, plus more names and lots more awareness of the project. I am sure that this awareness will translate into more support. Several people commented, "Wow, this is really happening."
On Saturday, October 23, 2021, the Washington Refugee Resettlement Project (WRRP) held a community-wide “Conversation” about our helping to resettle a refugee family in New Milford. The Washington Council of Congregations (WCOC) hosted this event at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington Depot.
An unexpectedly large group -- 80 friends and neighbors -- attended the meeting to learn about the goals of refugee community sponsorship: to allow us as a community to welcome and integrate newcomers to our beautiful corner of Connecticut, while also creating bonds among neighbors as we unite around a common cause. Two of Washington’s selectmen, Jay Hubelbank and Dean Sarjeant, attended as well; as did Michelle Gorra, Town Economic and Community Development Coordinator.
Members of the WRRP leadership team explained the critical need for community sponsors, mentioning that more than 40 communities in Connecticut had already signed on to sponsoring a refugee family. They also reviewed various levels of volunteer opportunities as well as the need for community financial support. Finally, they explained that WRRP will work collaboratively with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) (www.irisct.org) based in New Haven to apply as co-sponsor. Ashley Makar, IRIS Community Co-Sponsor Liaison, introduced IRIS and their role in a co-sponsorship of a refugee resettlement in Connecticut.
Following the presentation, attendees enjoyed refreshments and asked more questions of the WRRP team. Many members of the audience expressed their continuing interest by sharing their email addresses, as well as filling out volunteer application forms and pledge cards for donations.
If you have ideas for an event to help support WRRP, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org