Before giving an update on LexRAP, it is important to understand the ramifications of the Trump administration’s executive order that will be in effect as of March 16th. All refugee resettlement in the U.S. is suspended for 120 days, to examine what additional screening should be implemented. Also, the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. is to be cut in half from 100,000 to 50,000. What this essentially means is that the resettlement of refugees in the US is halted. People awaiting papers to come here are stuck where they are. Funds to all agencies for resettlement are stopped. Agencies will have to close offices, cut personnel and have a reduction of services to people who recently arrived. This means that the agencies are scrambling to raise money to offset the loss of funds from the government and the families here need help. Below you will see LexRAP initiatives to help people who are here with many ways to volunteer and many opportunities to support agencies with fund raisers in the area. Some of the fund raisers will provide aid to LexRAP and 100% of these monies directly go to support refugees in our area.
Our Steering Committee meets monthly. These meetings for those people most actively involved and those who want to explore becoming actively involved! The next meeting of the Steering Committee is Thursday April 13 at 7:15PM Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd – room 217.
(Please come early to meet new people.)
Marianne and Don
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