Hello Neighbor highlights and wishes to shine a bright light on those who are invested in refugee and immigrant communities through their work, activism and advocacy.
Saul Gonzalez reports: Even as refugee numbers are cut, some believe this creates opportunities for refugee agencies to think more creatively about how to help newcomers to the US. “We want to make it easy and enjoyable for people to get involved to directly help their resettling neighbors,” said Miry Whitehill, a former marketing and advertising executive who founded Miry’s List, a refugee aid group, in 2016.
Refugees usually arrive in a new country with little to their names, isolated because their language and customs are different. But some refugees who arrive in Los Angeles benefit from Miry’s List, an organization founded by Miry Whitehill, an Eagle Rock mother of two who knew that her local community could provide direct help to people who are strangers in a new land.
This is going to make The Office fans so happy. Jenna Fischer designed a Finer Things Club logo for charity, which you can have printed on specific items for really reasonable prices. The sales go to Miry's List, a non-profit organization providing refugee families seeking safe haven in the United States with anything they may need to survive, like diapers, toiletries, groceries, or meals.
“Why didn’t I think of that?” I wondered when I read the March 26 Metro article “American ‘mama bear’ helps refugees,” about a brilliant way to get supplies to refugees who arrive in this country with nothing. Then, as a former Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan, I thought, “Great, but where are our elected leaders?” Good-hearted Americans have always played a role in welcoming refugees in our communities, but they cannot replace the work of U.S. refugee resettlement agencies hit hard by recent Trump administration cutbacks.