There are places where being who you are is a punishable offense. There are places where you might be sentenced to death because you chose to live. These places have many names. But the ones who flee, have one. Refugee.
Help Us Help Them
LexRAP is a group of concerned people from Lexington and surrounding communities calling itself the Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or “LexRAP.” Our focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly.
LexRAP is a Lexington-based 501C non-profit organization helping refugees to settle in the United States and to become productive and well-adjusted members of the community. The mission of LexRAP is to support and to assist refugees and asylum seekers into American society. This assistance includes a support network for housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, education (especially English), employment, legal aid, and socialization. Beneficiaries of this assistance must have received (or be legally seeking) permission to live in the U.S., either temporarily or permanently.
Hand in Hand Cafe
UPDATE: The Hand-in-Hand Café is being relaunched as the Hand-in-Hand Carry Out Café!
Sponsored by LexRAP with support from First Parish Church of Lexington, the same delicious foods the same wonderful refugee cooks, are now offered for carry-out pickups between 5:30PM and 6:15PM at the east (side) entrance of the historic First Parish Church 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, 02421. All dinners include an Entrée, fatoush salad/dressing, hummus, rice, and dessert.
If you attended one of the many Hand-in-Hand "sit down dinners" at First Parish Church in 2019-2020, here's a chance to eat these great foods in the comfort and safety of your own home -- and to support our Refugee Women who are being paid for their culinary skills and efforts!
If you haven't tried these Middle Eastern specialty dishes, click below to order your meal(s) and find out what you've been missing! [Note: MA Covid 19 Guidelines will be followed in the preparation and distribution of these meals.]
CLICK A DATE AND PLACE YOUR ORDER (use "quantity selector box" to increase order for more than one meal)
Chicken Shwarma in Pita
October 22nd: Beef Kofta
To pick up meals, please take the driveway drive into First Parish site, around the rear entrance and continue around to the exit lane to the entrance on that side of the Church. Someone will bring a bag with your meal or meals to your car and put the bag in your trunk on your back seat.
MA Covid 19 guidelines for restaurants will be observed in the screening of kitchen crew, social distancing, and cleanup/sanitizing.
Tax-exempt donations support LexRAP
initiatives. Online donations will be processed by PayPal.
Sustaining Monthly Donation
One time Donation
Please mail checks made out to "LexRAP" to:
PO Box 244
Lexington, MA 02420
LexRAP currently focuses on 3 areas: Hosting Asylum Seekers, Hosting Unaccompanied Minors, and Assisting Refugees who, for any number of reasons, are having difficulties navigating the challenging terrain of adapting to life in the US.
While some may be able to make the bigger commitment of hosting, other volunteers are ready and willing to support their efforts. In addition, we keep a list of agencies working with refuges and asylum seekers – many of these agencies will welcome volunteer help.
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist in any way possible, with either major or modest time commitments. All assistance is welcome. Click here to find out how you can help .
Who We Are
Marianne Boswell, President & Founder
Don Detweiler, Vice President
Ingrid Klimoff, Secretary
Omar Khudari, Treasurer