Syrian Refugee Crisis

“In Christ we know that we are connected to everybody and everything and we are called to embrace that connection.” 

~ Bishop Tom Breidenthal

How to help

Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio is teaming up with the State Department to resettle 325 refugees in the coming months in Greater Cincinnati. Catholic Social Services in Dayton plays the same role in the Miami Valley and CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services) in Central Ohio. CRIS also represents Episcopal Migration Ministries in Ohio.

Refugees admitted by the State Department come from all over the world. All undergo an extensive vetting process and arrive with financial support from the US Government to help with their expenses in the first 90 days, after which they are expected to be self-sufficient. Catholic Social Services and CRIS staff provide intensive case management and referral to housing and jobs.

Among the many ways churches can help include assembling welcome baskets of household supplies, volunteering to drive families to appointments and tutoring in English.

 

Prayer for Syriarefugees

God our strength and our redeemer,

We ask for your loving presence and for your peace to be with the people of Syria, of all religious traditions and of none. Be with those in positions of leadership, that their decisions may hasten peace and bring an end to violence. Be with those who are in fear for their safety and their lives. Be with those who have lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones. Give them strength and courage.

And be with us, as we listen and discern your call to us. Equip us and empower us to be witnesses to your love – as advocates and as servants, as ministers of welcome and of hope for Syrians and all those displaced by war and violence.

In your Holy name we pray,

Amen.