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Spring Sprucing: Cleaning supplies needed to welcome new refugee families

After the bitter chill of winter, Mae Lay Mu is ready to throw the windows wide open in her apartment and feel the fresh air infuse her home. Mae Lay Mu arrived in Minnesota with her husband and children during January and felt cooped up in their new home. Now that the weather is warming and birds are singing, Mae Lay Mu is ready for a change. She loves her new apartment but realized that the dirt and winter road salt had left her home gritty and in need of a spring cleaning. Determined to get her home looking and feeling as fresh as the weather outside, Mae Lay Mu set to work with her broom, all-purpose cleaner, vinegar, baking soda, bucket, and cleaning rags, all provided by generous donors to MCC Refugee Services. Can you help a new refugee like Mae Lay Mu spruce up their new home for … Continue reading

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Gifts that Give Hope

The holiday season is upon us, that frenzied time of feasting on traditional foods, spending time with loved ones, and, of course, shopping for gifts. But the spirit of giving is sometimes tempered by a spirit of dread and exhaustion while navigating crowded malls and trying to make emotional sense of the consumer side of these blessed days. This year, MCC Refugee Services is happy to be able help you out a bit! Our recently self-published book, This Much I Can Tell You: Stories of Courage and Hope from Refugees in Minnesota, is available for purchase online or in person.  This Much I Can Tell You features 18 first-hand accounts of refugee journeys from nine different countries and includes helpful introductions for each section. With this gift, you’ll be able to share your interest in refugees with friends and family and benefit refugees in our community through the work of … Continue reading

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The Gift of Warmth

Every year, refugees arrive to Minnesota in light summer attire that is totally inadequate for our winters. MCC Refugee Services has coats on hand at the airport for winter arrivals, but for those who arrived in more temperate months, the onset of the winter chill comes long after their arrival. For these families, MCC Refugee Services holds an annual coat giveaway at the MN Church Center. Why is giving away coats so important? As we help people establish stable, self-sufficient lives in the Twin Cities, the “small” things—like feeling warm in the bitter winter cold—make a huge difference. When a refugee’s immediate needs for warmth and housing are met, they can better focus their energies, resourcefulness, and resilience on going to school, finding work, learning English, and adjusting to a new place, new people, and a new climate. This year’s coat giveaway was an exciting day, and as people streamed … Continue reading

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Making a House a Home

When was the last time you moved into a new home? You probably spent several weeks packing your belongings into boxes, then several more weeks unpacking them in your new place. By filling it with familiar and comforting objects, you made it a place you can truly call “home.” Most of us are fortunate in that we could bring items with which we were already familiar: a particular couch, poster, books, an instrument, dishes, and other things which, because of the memories and experiences they represent, reflect parts of ourselves. For new refugees coming to Minnesota arriving with just a few suitcases, however, there is almost nothing familiar with which to make an empty apartment into a home. Having left an entire life behind, the intimate space of a new home in the US can feel coldly strange. To truly extend a warm welcome to newly arriving refugees MCC Refugee … Continue reading

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