In the coming days and weeks, Afghan Refugees who were employed in Afghanistan by or on behalf of the U.S. will be arriving with their families to ensure their protection from the Taliban. Our Conference is preparing to welcome these weary travelers with Christ’s love and hospitality. They will be temporarily housed at Ft. Bliss (El Paso) and Holloman Air Force Base (Alamogordo).
We are fortunate to have leaders who are knowledgeable and experienced in working with the many organizations, agencies and programs that assist in serving immigrants and refugees. The situation is constantly changing. We will provide updated information as we receive it. Please remain in prayer for everyone involved. Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
- In El Paso, Trinity-First United Methodist Church will serve as a collection site for donation items. We will then take them to the Armed Services YMCA and the Office of New Americans who are coordinating donations in El Paso. If you are not local and you would like to purchase needed supplies, please see the Amazon wish list here: Amazon.com
- In Las Cruces, El Calvario UMC will act as a collection site for donations for the Holloman Air Force Base location. Please check the Amazon wish list for regular updates on what things are needed. https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/2OKR8DYU2ZXBG/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl
- In the Albuquerque area, the Conference Office at 11816 Lomas Blvd. NE, ABQ, NM 87112 will serve as a collection site.
- In Alamogordo, Grace UMC-Alamogordo is collecting the following items for those housed at Holloman Air Force Base. They are prioritized by need. Please organize them by each grouping before delivery. Contact the church office at (575)437-7640 to schedule an approximate drop-off time.
- New only Diapers, Formula, Bottles, Baby Wipes, Feminine Hygiene Products (sanitary napkins/pads only, NO tampons).
- New only Laundry detergent and fabric softener.
- Toys and stuffed animals (new or gently used/cleaned only)
- New only Baby Items: clothing, blankets, baby lotions, etc.
- New only Personal hygiene items for men, women, and children: soap, body lotion, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
- Clothing for women: long sleeve tops, long skirts, scarves that can cover head and hair. New or gently used/cleaned
- New underwear for men, women, and children.
As of Friday, September 17, 2021, we have received more than $12,000 thanks to your extraordinary generosity. If you would like to provide monetary support, there are several ways you can donate.
- Submit a check to your local church with “Afghan Refugee Assistance (ARA)” in the memo. Your church will then post the special offering online with the Conference. If you have questions about online submissions, contact Griselda Sandoval, Conference Treasurer at 505-255-8786, ext. 103 or email@example.com.
- To support the efforts in Las Cruces, you can donate online at www.resiliencylc.org or mail a check to El Calvario, PO Box 2842, Las Cruces, NM 88004. Please designate your gift to “Protect Our Afghan Allies”
- Donate to UMCOR here: UMCOR Global Migration – Global Ministries (umcmission.org)
- Donate to Church World Service here: How to Help Afghans | CWS (cwsglobal.org)
Housing and Family Sponsorship
Currently, the areas within 100 miles of Las Cruces and Albuquerque (and possibly Odessa) are in urgent need of housing and secure facilities to host families. Those interested in sponsoring a family arriving in their community or providing in-kind support — including landlords able to rent housing to new arrivals — can fill out a form online or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Roselie Johnston, Ministry & Programs Coordinator at (505)255-8786, ext. 101 or email@example.com.