AN IMMIGRANT SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE

JULY 10, 2018
THOUGHTS FROM AN IMMIGRANT
A former immigrant who attended the Welcome Home volunteer training on June 30 in Tacoma offered this observation:

“Of course! Having a friend who knows the community is such a great help to a newcomer from another country. My life would have been much easier if a Welcome Home volunteer would have befriended me.  Now, I want to give back to others.  I know it will make a difference!”

Communities in western Washington continue to welcome “new neighbors” from around the globe. Welcome Home exists to equip volunteers who want to help these newcomers make a “happier landing.” We can show how you can assist in many practical ways, and how your volunteering life is enriched through the work of Welcome Home.

Our invitation is more relevant now that ever:  “Expand your circle of friends by one; choose to make that person someone who is foreign born.” Join us!

May 4, 2018
“A TREMENDOUS BEGINNING!”
Dear Friends of Welcome Home,

It’s a great privilege to provide you with the latest update on the work of Welcome Home becausewe have just completed our first year of ministry!  In some ways, the first twelve months of our work looked a lot like the beginning of any other start-up.  We secured an office space.  We developed a website and other marketing materials.  We began the ongoing task of gaining funding.  We worked hard to “get the word out” and tell as many people as we could about who Welcome Home is and what we do.  Many of these activities looked similar to the early stages of other businesses that cropped up around the Puget Sound region this past year.

In the midst of that “sameness”, please don’t overlook a very obvious fact.  God has been at work in remarkable ways as Welcome Home told public and church audiences about the current realities of refugee resettlement in the United States.  Many who heard responded, “What can Ido to welcome my new neighbors?” As we have equipped and mobilized people from Everett to Olympia, many have begun positive, ongoing, in-depth relationships with individuals from around the world who now live in their communities.  Birthed from an idea which was affirmed and encouraged by key leaders within The Church of the Nazarene just one year ago, Welcome Home became a reality that has touched lives with the help and hope of Christ.  And, that strong beginning now enables Welcome Home to move into a second year of work with an expanded focus.

ACTIVITIES: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
A list of everything that happened during year one would be quite long. The following are some of the key indicators of progress which we’ve tracked:

  • Sunday AM messages given on refugee and immigrant issues:12
  • Other Welcome Home presentations (i.e., school officials, social service providers, refugee and immigrant conferences, etc.):25
  • Volunteer training events: 10
  • Training-event attendees: 118
  • Funding: our first year, Welcome Home received significant funding assistance from;
  1. Washington Pacific District of the Church of the Nazarene
  2. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
  3. The Windermere Foundation
  4. Several Puget Sound area churches
  5. Individual donors

These “early adopters” of the vision and work of Welcome Home not only enabled us to cover all of our expenses,

the funding provided will allow us to begin year two of ministry with a financial balance!  What a blessing!

LOOKING AHEAD: YEAR TWO
Effective May 1, I became the pastor of Tacoma Nazarene Church. A congregation that has existed for over a century, it is in the middle of an urban neighborhood dealing with many transition issues. A key Welcome Home principle – to develop cross-cultural friendships which provide opportunities to share life and Christ with new friends – will be a strong focus at Tacoma Nazarene in the years ahead. Very soon, a second Welcome Home office will also open at the church, so we can more effectively equip and mobilize people from the Tacoma/North Pierce County community.  Your help in building a strong, viable foundation for Welcome Home in its first year makes this expansion possible. Thank you!

PRAYER REQUEST
Today, Welcome Home “community companions” work as volunteers in ESL programs in various locations.  They spend time with new friends referred by resettlement agencies. They reach out to foreign-born people who have begun attending area churches. These indicators clearly show that people docare about their new neighbors.  They show Welcome Home is giving assistance to many ready to add a foreign-born neighbor to their circle of friends. Please praythat this tremendous beginning which has occurred will continue. People from around the world are at our front door. Let’s choose to say, “Welcome!”

Dan Samuelson

STAY TUNED FOR WELCOME HOME’S SPRING/SUMMER TRAININGS

Welcome Home is currently scheduling training events for April through December 2018.  If you’d like more information or a personal reminder, please let us know.

Our volunteer come from all walks of life, all ages and interest.  Kind of like the people in your neighborhood!  The training event is informative, entertaining and inspirational.

You’ll get a change to meet our Director, Dan Samuelson and hear the many ways you can make a difference with the new arrivals to our community.

Use the CONTACT FORM to leave  your name and email and we’ll get right back to you. (Don’t worry, we won’t be spamming your or sharing your informations).

 

THANKS! You’re Playing Our Song!

A great big Thanks to all of you who spoke with Welcome Home about our need for a working electronic Keyboard. Federal Way Church of the Nazarene has generously donated just what we needed! PTL! The instrument will be used for a new music program involving refugee teens and young adults in South King County. This donation is greatly appreciated!

KEYBOARD NEEDED!

A Welcome Home project is in need of a new or used/working keyboard. If you have one to donate, we’ll put it to very good use. Respond to Dan at dans@welcomehome.buzz

Welcome Home can use a new or used working electronic keyboard!

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THANK YOU Journey Church for a Successful Volunteer Training

There is still time to register for the September 23 Volunteer Training!  It’s a short, action-packed, and informative  session.  It will get you ready to be connected with a new refuge friend, or just help you better understand the immigrant and refugee situation and needs. The session goes from 9:30 AM to Noon.

Click here to register FREE on Eventbrite.  (Journey Church is locate in Federal Way)

Refugee Families are Landing in Western Washington.

Can You Be a Friend to Just One?

Welcome Home was created to make it easy for those of us in our neighborhood who want to be more welcoming and inclusive to our new neighbors. The task is really quite simple. All we ask is that you consider adding one more person or family to your current circle of friends, and that your new friend be foreign born.

Welcome Home provides training, guidance and assistance as well as a “match” service to connect you with a new comer in your neighborhood.