I was asked to give an update on behalf of the Hampton Helping Hands for Displaced Ukrainians Committee. As most know, this group which originated at the Hampton United Church now consists of members from various local faith communities and beyond...
Through generous donations from church members and others, the committee has been able to assist and support as many as 30 newcomer Ukrainian families over the past year. This has included collecting and distributing donated house wares and furniture, assisting with moving into apartments, accompanying family members to medical appointments and job interviews, providing grocery and rent support and also in assisting with local school and daycare registration for the Ukrainian children....among many other things.
The committee wants to give special thanks to Father Savoie for using his garage until last fall. We now have secured a storage unit in Saint John but we are still using the basement at the rectory. Specials thanks also for Karen who manages to keep everything straight with helping the Ukrainian families getting settled.
The United Church was encouraged to apply for and recently received a sizeable monetary donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which will allow Helping Hands to provide short term rent support for up to 24 eligible Ukrainian families in the greater SJ area over the next 6 months.
The committee wishes to thank all who have helped with donations, time, and vehicles for transportation or through participating or attending the fundraising concert which was held at the United Church last fall. Our next fundraising event will be a “Coffee House” scheduled for June 16th. We also hope to have a “yard sale” later this summer.
We are ever so grateful for your generosity and volunteering. More helping hands are always welcomed and, I know that God's Spirit is already at work in your hearts. Cheques can be made payable to “Hampton United Church” where you can write “Helping Hands” on the memo line. If you donate cash, please write your name and address on the envelope and note that it is for “Helping Hands” so they issue you a tax receipt.
Before closing, I would like to share this short letter from Inna whom we have helped get settled:
Again, thank you so much for everything! Thérèse Furlong