In the wake of the Afghan refugee crisis, New City felt the strong conviction that the church must respond. With much prayer and conversation with other local churches and ministries who share a similar heart and vision, we continue to explore ways to engage with Afghan refugees here in Charlotte (and some abroad).
To help move New City's Hope for Afghans initiative forward, we are partnering with East Mountain, a nonprofit ministry on mission to equip, connect, and launch Christians to serve displaced people in their community.
We are excited that we have already been able to come alongside one resettled Afghan family to help provide suitable housing. In the moving process, we have pinpointed current needs for the household (that may be updated as the family settles in). The current list of needs includes:
If you have any like-new or lightly used furniture included above or if you would like to contribute to providing any of these household items and/or know of someone who would like to contribute, please contact Moriah List of East Mountain at your earliest availability to coordinate. Thank you in advance for considering this avenue of ministry to resettled Afghan families.
New City is partnering with East Mountain and the Independence Fund to provide care and support to refugee families who are settling in Charlotte. These families have completed their 90-day resettlement process with a local resettlement agency; however, as they learn to navigate a new country, culture, and language, their need for support and services remains great.
Needs are varied, including needs like language assistance, job training, cultural advice, support navigating the school system, rent assistance, help locating suitable housing, driving lessons, etc. The church is uniquely positioned to step into these spaces to love and support these families towards self-sustainability.
Each Afghan Mentorship Care Team will consist of 4-6 New City volunteers able and willing to engage with and serve a resettled Afghan family. If you are interested in getting involved, you can fill out an online application to serve as a primary care team member or to provide additional support.
If you have further questions, please contact Moriah List of East Mountain. Moriah is coordinating the initiative on behalf of New City and is the main point of contact for New City volunteers.
All team members will be vetted and receive training to help facilitate the formation of a good and fruitful relationship for all involved (families and team alike).
If you're interested in getting involved or even simply learning more about refugee ministry, check out these resources compiled by East Mountain:
Apply to join a care team
To join a care team or to provide support to a care team and Afghan family, please fill out this online form.