NOVA Friends of Refugees was founded by Wendy Chan and Norma Kacen, two parishioners at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA, and Kenneth Speicher, a parishioner at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA. Impassioned by the growing refugee crisis and negative rhetoric in the news, Wendy and Norma decided to find a way their church community could get involved. After attending an informational forum hosted by Episcopal Migration Ministries, they hosted a series of forums on refugee resettlement and welcome. The success of their forums grew into a national grassroots coalition to support and advocate for refugees. The coalition now has over 1000+ members from across the country, representing over 150 faith communities, NGOs, and gov’t agencies, connected to support and share information to help refugees.
The NOVA Friends of Refugees network shares news about refugees, provides information on advocacy, organizes events and connects members with opportunities for volunteering and interacting with refugees. They focus on three key areas: Life skills and integration program, advocacy, and community events.
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Learn more: https://www.saintgeorgeschurch.org/refugee-ministry/