Despite the polarization in the U.S. around immigration, there are many people, organizations, and communities who are responding to newcomers’ needs with kindness, generosity, and hospitality.
For some, caring for “the stranger” is part of living out the core tenets of a faith tradition. For others, welcoming migrants in need is part of a long-term strategy to ensure well-being for all residents in a community or state, or is simply the right, humane thing to do.
Regardless of the reasons why people welcome their neighbors in need, their attitudes and actions deserve more attention. We encourage you to read or listen to these accounts:
- Faith communities in Sacramento step up to help migrants
- Episcopal churches and ecumenical partners in Chicago support asylum seekers
- Migrant family finds support from government and community agencies in Boston
What can you do to make your community more welcoming to refugees, asylum seekers, and other newcomers in need? How can you contribute to creating a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect? We would love to hear more about what you and your community are doing to welcome your newest neighbors.