For the last several months, CBFNC has been working with our missions partners at Welcome House Raleigh (CBF Field Personnel Kim and Marc Wyatt) to assist with the influx of Afghan veterans locating in North Carolina after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. We are thrilled to see so many churches stepping up to help and growing the CBFNC Welcome House Community Network in response to these urgent needs.
There is now an immediate need in the Triad to setup apartments for Afghan veterans
who have been hired by Tyson Foods in North Wilkesboro.
First, we give thanks to God for Tyson Foods and for answering one of the biggest questions that comes with understanding the scope of this work before us: Where are hundreds of people who may or may not speak English going to find jobs?
The company has hired Afghan managers who can interpret language and also the needs of these new employees. Many of these new employees will reside in apartments in the Winston-Salem area. And that’s where we need your help.
There are two ways churches and individuals can help these Afghan veterans:
- Welcome House Furniture Bank: Donate lightly used and new items per the List of Goods HERE. All items must be clean, lightly used, undamaged and not heavy (no sleeper sofas or armoires for example). Upholstery items such as sofas must not have been frequented by pets or smokers. Lightly used mattresses (without stains or heavy from many years of use) sizes twin, full and queen are needed.
- Set-Up Volunteers: Help with setting up the apartments, such as put away kitchen items, prepare the bedrooms, bathrooms, dining, and family rooms.
If you or your church wishes to help, please contact Linda Jones, Welcome House manager for the Triad, at 336.978.8991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we ask that you pray for these Afghan veterans and their families. Most of the people of Afghanistan have never lived in a land of peace. They have endured near constant war and bloodshed for decades. These are people who were in hiding and literally ran for their lives to the airport. They are acutely aware of the generosity and kindness that now surround them. But every Afghan who wakes up this day in the safety of a Welcome House has family and friends who are still in Afghanistan.
Please share this information and request for help with your congregation.