HOPE IN THE GOOD LIFE: Refugee resettlement centers in need of donations
Catholic Social Services is in desperate need of donations upon arrival Afghan Refugees.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Hope in the good life.
Catholic Social Services’ motto speaks volumes about the hope they want to bring to refugees and immigrants finding a home in Lincoln.
Between now and the early parts of 2022, Lincoln will be welcoming nearly 400 refugees from Afghanistan.
Community support is needed now more than ever.
Pim Picha, the Director of Refugee Resettlement Programs for Catholic Social Services, said, “These people come with no credit history, they just basically come with basically only a bag, some don’t even have a bag.”
From things like deodorant to bedsheets, all the way to housing in general, basic necessities are in high need, especially with short notice.
“We get a week notice, and sometimes the flight will come at night time,” Picha said.
Catholic Social Services works to set refugees up with housing and basic needs, but with so many incoming arrivals, they are looking to the community for donations and volunteers.
“I want to thank all the donors that help us with this, because without them, I mean, we can’t provide the service to the refugees.”
The center is in critical need of gently used couches, cribs, kitchen tables and chairs, and washers and dryers.
The list goes on for other items currently needed and can be found on the center’s website.
There is also an online registry to make a donation with just a few clicks, which you can find by clicking here.
Volunteers are also needed to provide transportation to things like appointments while refugees get on their feet.
Picha said, “I have a heart for them, because those are people who are being forced to leave home, trust me, nobody wants to leave home, unless they really, really need to.”
Catholic Social Services’ mission is to bring a home to refugees who might have lost everything, and a little ‘Nebraska Nice’ can go a long way.
“Be more understanding about the newcomers. They’re just new, everything is new for them,” said Picha, “That’s the hope that they’re looking for from our community to help them prosper again.”
Donations can be dropped off at the center’s location at 2241 O St during business hours:
Monday -Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information about donations or how to volunteer, visit https://www.cssisus.org/helprefugees/helprefugees.html.