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By JILL SEGULIN / Refugee Assistance Partners - RAP | on 09 March 2017
Abstract

Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP) Meeting in Fanwood to Address Resettlement Issues. RAP consists of a dedicated group of local individuals concerned for the plight of refugees (mostly women and children) - innocent victims forced to flee the ravages and squalor of war-torn, conflict-ridden situations in different parts of the world. We are primarily focused on Syrian refugee families. RAP seeks to support, aid, and assist displaced persons by welcoming the stranger, attending to material needs, and offering friendship as well as hospitality to families in need. RAP endeavors to work closely and cooperatively with agencies and organizations (e.g. International Rescue Committee and Church World Service) that provide professional expertise resettling people from other countries. RAP also complies with all policies and practices established by the U.S federal government in vetting appropriate individuals coming to the United States. RAP is an interfaith partnership. We are from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations and communities. While several religious faiths and traditions are represented in RAP, it is not a formal religious organization. We work with other interfaith groups in our area and New Jersey. RAP seeks to dispel the fears and concerns of people troubled by refugee resettlement. It does this by distributing truthful and accurate information, as well as by sharing the collective visions, purposes, and narratives of participating members. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at various houses of worship in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, New Jersey. Check FB page or email for location of meetings.

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In light of the most recent federal executive order, signed on March 6, suspending incoming refugee resettlement for 120 days, RAP will address actions to continue its support for refugee resettlement in New Jersey at its March monthly meeting.  This meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Fanwood Presbyterian Church, 74 S. Martine Ave. in Fanwood.  This free, public meeting focuses on action items for local families.

Sponsoring several families and donating to more, RAP volunteers are people from many faith traditions, including Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, as well as non-affiliated concerned community members.  Their work together assists refugees in getting jobs, accessing medical and dental care, going to government agencies with their documentation, finding apartments, donating needed items, financial assistance, and other ways to help transition these families to be contributing in their new community.

RAP meets on the third Tuesday of each month; all meetings are free and open to the public.  Meetings are typically held at various places of worship and rotate month-by-month, primarily within the Scotch Plains and Fanwood communities. For more information about RAP or for further information, email refugeeassistancepartnersnj@gmail.com.

Source: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/refugee-assistance-partners-rap-meeting-in-fanw-3 

 

Notes from their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/RAPScotchPlainsFanwood/about/?ref=page_internal) : Refugee Assistance Partners - RAP, a Scotch Plains-Fanwood (NJ) interfaith organization to resettle Syrian refugees refugeeassistancepartnersnj@gmail.com. We Choose “Welcome” 

RAP consists of a dedicated group of local individuals concerned for the plight of refugees (mostly women and children) - innocent victims forced to flee the ravages and squalor of war-torn, conflict-ridden situations in different parts of the world. We are primarily focused on Syrian refugee families. RAP seeks to support, aid, and assist displaced persons by welcoming the stranger, attending to material needs, and offering friendship as well as hospitality to families in need.

RAP endeavors to work closely and cooperatively with agencies and organizations (e.g. International Rescue Committee and Church World Service) that provide professional expertise resettling people from other countries. RAP also complies with all policies and practices established by the U.S federal government in vetting appropriate individuals coming to the United States.

RAP is an interfaith partnership. We are from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations and communities. While several religious faiths and traditions are represented in RAP, it is not a formal religious organization. We work with other interfaith groups in our area and New Jersey.

RAP seeks to dispel the fears and concerns of people troubled by refugee resettlement. It does this by distributing truthful and accurate information, as well as by sharing the collective visions, purposes, and narratives of participating members.

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at various houses of worship in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, New Jersey. Check FB page or email for location of meetings.
Author: JILL SEGULIN / Refugee Assistance Partners - RAP
Publication date: 09 March 2017

Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP) Meeting in Fanwood to Address Resettlement Issues
Credit: Dr. Roland Holou / DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com) , 09 March 2017
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