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Welcoming the Stranger Meeting

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Date(s) - 02/13/2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Karen Family Arriving in Omaha on February 28, 2019

Beth El is sponsoring a Karen family (Burmese) of four that will be arriving in Omaha on February 28. Dad is 28 years old, mom is 21 years old and two children, a daughter almost 6 years old and a son just shy of 2 years old.

LFS is working on housing accommodations and expects to identify a 2 bedroom apartment. Our role will be similar to what we did with the Aljasem family from Syria. We will divide up into 4 teams. A procurement team will source and collect furniture, appliances, accessories, kitchen utensils, linens, towels to furnish the apartment. A second procurement team will source and collect culturally appropriate groceries, toiletries other household items and clothing. A third team will arrange for welcoming at the airport on day of arrival and introduction to Omaha, as well as arrange for a culturally appropriate first meal. The final team will offer post arrival support. This will consist of mentoring, friendship and support and organizing weekly visits with the family for the first 3-6 months.

In addition to the above assistance we would also welcome any financial contributions from the Beth El community to help defray the ongoing expense of the project.

We will have a meeting of all team members on Monday night at 6:00, February 11 at Beth El. Lacey Studnicka Director of Advancement – Community Services with Lutheran Family Services will help us kick off the project on Monday night. Lacey has provided us with valuable guidance in our work with the Aljasem family.

Please RSVP to Chair Allan Murow at regarding your attendance at the meeting. Once again, we have a short window and welcome all of your participation.