Welcome to America!
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me... .whatever you did for one of the least brothers on mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:35, 40
Welcome to America! Pack Program
Refugees leave behind friends, family and possessions when they escape persecution. They bring with them little more than the clothes they are wearing and a few personal belongings.
Through the Welcome to America! Pack program, you can provide a warm welcome for one of these courageous families when they arrive in our community. Turn their first apartment into a home by collecting and delivering all of the basic household items needed for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen and a first month's supply of food staples.
Providing a Welcome to America! Pack is easy. It requires:
- Core group of at least 3-6 people
- Six weeks from start to finish
- $0-$600, depending on how many items are donated.
Exodus provides everything you'll need to make this a great experience:
- Step-by-step handbook
- Introduction to a newly arriving refugee family that needs your help
- Ongoing support including answers to questions, speakers for group events and promotional materials
Share your blessings and make a difference for someone in need! Contact us for more information or to volunteer for the Welcome to America! Pack Program.
"We have no family in the United States. But we are not alone because of these volunteers." Cuban refugee
"I enjoy working with Exodus because I can put my faith into action in a very practical way." Welcome to America! Pack volunteer
List of Welcome to America! Pack items – Download Word Document
Resources for collecting a Welcome to America! Pack
- Online Sign-Up: We can set up a unique web page where your group can sign up to collect specific items in a Welcome to America! Pack. See an example here.
- Dry-Erase Sign-Up Board: Do you need an eye-catching sign to place in a large space to encourage more people to participate? Our dry-erase signs are 6 feet tall and have a list of the items included in the pack and space to sign up. Available for loan from the Exodus office. See photos here.
For additional information or if you are planning on collecting a Welcome to America! Pack, please contact Jessica Jensen.