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Refugee Welcome Team

“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”    
                                                                                                                                                                   
— Deuteronomy 10:19

Congregation Beth Israel sponsors a Welcome Team through Refugee Services of Texas. A Welcome Team is made up of community or faith groups, who are paired with a refugee family during their initial resettlement in Texas. Building a Welcome Team is an enriching experience that benefits recently-arrived refugees as well as those who sponsor them. At times, we work with our friends at Temple Beth Shalom to jointly help a refugee family.

Recently, we provided one of our refugee families with a washing machine and dryer and installed both of them in their apartment. We also collected and delivered school supplies for their 3 children. We provided transportation for the family, so they could get $120 worth of new school clothes for each child, at no cost to them, through the Assistance League of Austin and Target.

We also partnered with another Welcome Team to provide about a third of the items needed for their refugee family's new apartment.

We are always looking for new people to join our Welcome Team.  If you would like to help CBI’s Refugee Welcome Team, please contact Harold Wilensky.

Tue, September 17 2019 17 Elul 5779