Sukkat Shalom’s partner resettlement agency, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS), has given us the path forward to welcome an Afghan family to the DMV by serving as a Good Neighbor Program (GNP) partner. There are families in nearby military bases waiting to resettle in new homes; to continue to prepare for our family, we need your help! We will provide adjustment assistance starting soon and continue for at least a six-month period. The work will including support for housing, food, connections to schools and English learning and serving as a guide to community resources and services.
Please read the GNP volunteer overview below. Then, in the next few days, by December 9, follow the link to complete the volunteer form. You will find information on three categories of activities: immediate aid prior to arrival; initial adjustment; and ongoing adjustment. The adjustment activities involve direct family contact and require an electronic background check as explained further in the overview.
The Sukkat Shalom Leadership Team will offer a volunteer orientation meeting on December 13 at 7:00 pm and we encourage you to join via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to organize together for our exciting task. To gain access to the Zoom link, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three volunteer activity categories: immediate aid prior to arrival; initial welcome; and ongoing adjustment assistance. Immediate aid activities do not require a background check. We have estimated the approximate number of volunteers for each type of activity but it is not a limit. Feel free to buddy up!
Family contact and background check consent. If you want to be in the company of family members during any part of our work with them, and for all of the welcome and adjustment activities, you ARE REQUIRED to pass an electronic background check and we ask that you pay for it yourself ($21). LSS indicates only your full legal name and your email address are required to begin the process. You should consent in the Volunteer Form to being on the list that we must send to LSS. They will email the electronic form. We understand that all Afghan eligible family members will have Covid vaccinations and we will request that everyone wear masks.
Immediate aid. Some activities are underway and we need support now and in the next several weeks. We will only be given a few days notice to welcome a family. Therefore, it is important to have our welcome team organized and ready for these activities:
Initial adjustment. In the first day through 30 days we will do the following:
On-going adjustment. From day 10 through the entire GNP period of at least six months, assistance will include.