A Training on How to Be a Friend to a Refugee

We have scheduled our first training session for Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM, April 5th, St Lukes North Park (3725 30th St, San Diego).
That evening, International Rescue Committee staff will present to us a quick overview of the entire 8-step process refugees go through to get to San Diego.
In addition, we will share best practices, special areas of concern, formation of mentor-to-mentor support groups, how to help improve language skills by regular visits and chats, and more! 
If you have not already submitted your profile data and initiated your background check, please do so no as soon as possible at  http://www.stlukesnorthpark.org/sumitra
April 5th  should be an exciting meeting for those of you willing to begin the adventure of creating and nurturing new friendships capable of rewarding and enriching your life in many surprising ways far into the future!

In Sanskrit, Sumitra means “having good friends” and this is precisely the aim of this new effort whose goal is two-fold: 1) fostering simple and direct friendships between established residents and newly arrived refugee families and 2) providing logistical training, sharing of best practices, and emotional support among the friends themselves. Potential friends are invited and welcomed from diverse backgrounds and may think of themselves as humanists and/or members of established spiritual/religious traditions.

Sumitra San Diego is an experiment in creating a “global village” in our midst. Its goal is not to extend or duplicate the practical skills and training provided by refugee agency case workers, but rather to extend genuine friendship and connection to newly arrived families living nearby. If you live within easy driving or bicycling distance of City Heights and have a few hours per week to share your life, you may just find that your life will be transformed as well.

Come and join us on on April 5th at 6:30 PM to learn how you can join in!  We'll have dessert and refreshments to share.  And don't forget to bring a friend!

April 05, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
St Luke's North Park
3725 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
United States
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Colin Mathewson · · 619-977-8173

Will you come?