June 2017– Suad shared her talent for Henna Tattoo’s at our recent Festival. She had a booth set up, and with the help of Roni L. & a friend, was able to share her gift of tattooing with the Festival patrons. They were quite lovely.
May 2017 – Anwar has obtained is Social Security card, got his Driver’s Licence, has a job, bought a car and insurance and is now saving money for a permanent home. They’ll be welcoming their first child this fall. Thank you to all who have been interacting with Suad & Anwar – daily conversation is the best way to learn the language. We continue to love, support and help them as they journey forward.
In March of 2017 we welcomed our first young couple to stay. Through Catholic Charities and with the help of our CPUCC disciples, they are improving their English through classes and conversation.
We have raised over $10,000 for this project! The work is now complete. Check out some of the pictures below:
We’ve had one workday already (pictures below) and have another scheduled for April 23 from 9am-3pm. The scope of work for the project includes patching & painting, pulling up the carpet, redoing the floors, cleaning & updating the bathrooms, repairing the heating system in the kitchen, updating the kitchen appliances, countertops and floors. In addition to the work aspect, we’ll also be collecting the furniture needed for the rooms, toiletries, cleaning supplies, food, curtains, etc (we aren’t quite at that stage yet – but soon).
Colonial Park UCC will participate with local refugee organizations to provide temporary housing for refugee families. Our former parsonage is being renovated to provide a clean, safe, comfortable temporary home. Once renovations are complete families will be placed with us and we will assist the refugee organization as they provide job placement, education, language assistance, and permanent housing. We will assist with the tasks involved in day to day living (food, personal care items, household goods and supplies, etc.) and help to acclimate families to our area and culture.