IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: Many people have kindly provide us with things (clothes, toiletries, kitchen items, toys, educational supplies, etc.). We have even had so many who have stepped up to help us by volunteering their time. We do very much need things and dedicated volunteers! But, please know that, like all non-profits, Asha’s Refuge depends on financial donations to help with its organizational cost. Without the continued support from our community we would not be able to actively assist vulnerable refugees in achieving successful resettlement. Without your support, we will not be able to continue moving forward with our long-term plans that involve big dreams to make the refugee resettlement processes a lot smoother in our city. So what I’m saying is, we desperately need committed monthly financial donors as well as one time financial donations. No amount is too small! We trust that God will bless every generous giver and make every faithful penny given multiply. If you are considering monthly support, we ask that you please pray about it and then let us know.
Feel free to mail your check to: 1035 Winchester, Suite 216A, Collierville, TN 38017 or select an amount to donate above to make your donation today! Your contributions are tax-deductible.
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1. Operational Financial Support$125,000 per year – In order to sustain our organization and continue providing services, we must also bring in funding for the operations cost which includes things like program support, transportation costs, office equipment, internet costs, utilities, staffing and insurance. This funding will allow us to impact even more of our community through partnerships and collaboration efforts. It will also enable us to better serve our current and future clients while allowing us more time to work on special projects such as marketing, fundraising, raising awareness, education and building a stronger staff and volunteer team.
2. 7-8 OR 12-15 Passenger VanAsha’s Refuge has a need for a 7-8 or a 12-15 passenger van to transport clients. Both sizes of vans are needed.
3. Volunteer DriversAsha's Refuge has a need for volunteer drivers to help transport clients to and from various appointments such as the doctor, jobs or class.
4. Volunteer Teachers/TutorsAs we continue to grow in number of clients that we serve, we have a need to have additional volunteers helping to teach a variety of classes. Our tutors will sit beside a student and follow along with the main teacher while assisting and encouraging the student. Classes you might teach or tutor: English to Adults, English to Preschoolers, Healthy Habits, Job Skills: Small Machine/ Basic Automobile Mechanical Skills/ Basics in Construction/ Housekeeping/ Completing Applications/ Interviewing etc., Computer Skills, Arts & Crafts, American Life Skills, Understanding Bills/Basic Level Financial Management, making use of Communicty Resources and more.
5. Volunteer Event CoordinatorsTeams of individuals are needed to assist with planning and coordinating various organizational events.
• Building for the Place of Hope (The name “Asha” means “Place of Hope”) that will include offices, classrooms; storage space for food pantry, toiletry collections, soaps and other supplies; art room with supplies. Asha's Refuge is blessed to have a church shared space but the future vision will include a building space of our own.
• Urban Gardens
• Small Restaurant On-site/Cafeteria “Taste of the Nations” –Refugees will learn the restaurant business and enjoy cooking their favorite foods from their country; diners will pay by donation only, menu has no set prices
• Job Skills Facilities – Around Campus there will be rooms set up to train refugees preparing them as they move forward on their own (Example: FedEx Box Moving; Hilton Hotels mock Suite to train refugees how to clean a room; Kroger to train how to stock shelves; Microbusinesses – Sewing, Jewelry Making and Other Crafts Etc.)
• Outdoor Workshop for Men to learn how to take care and do basic repairs on an automobile, lawn mower and other small engines
• Outdoor Workshop for Men to learn carpentry and some building and construction skills
• Counseling Room – a safe place to counsel victims of terror, war and other types of persecution
• College Like Dorm Rooms/Living Space for Students going through the program
COATSWe are collecting warm coats. We are accepting all sizes of coats for women, men, children and teens. Please donate items that are in good condition: no items with broken zippers, holes, stains, smoke or pet hair. We would appreciate it if you could be sure to clean the used coats before sending them. As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t give this item as a gift to a family member then we don’t want to offer it to a refugee in need. Give as though you were giving to Jesus, because you are!
PROVIDE WELCOME BASKETSNew refugees enter into the Memphis area in hopes of successfully resettling their family. Most refugees experience a lot of mixed feelings. They are usually excited about starting their new life in America, but they may also very much miss their home country. We’d like to give our new friends a nice welcome by filling a basket with some of the items that they might enjoy.
What to do – Purchase a gift basket or small laundry basket (not too big) and fill it with some of the following suggested items: Kroger/Aldi Gift Card; Peanuts; Spices like cumin, cinnamon, sage, cardamom and curry, cookies, snickers candy bars, apples, oranges, scented candles, bag of rice, honey, small notebook and pen, kitchen towels, wash cloths, soaps, envelope with $10 to go towards a translation book, Memphis Informational pamphlets, US educational books/sheets, a small stuffed animal, a welcome card letting them know that Jesus loves them.
WELCOME A NEWBORN BABY WITH A DIAPER BAG GIFTSome of our refugee friends are expectant mothers! We want to encourage them and give them a little help by providing a sweet gift.
What to do - Purchase a large diaper bag and fill it with diapers and wipes! In one of the pockets of t he bag add a Kroger/Aldi gift card and an encouraging note. Feel free to fill the other small pockets with things like baby finger nail clippers, small infant toys, onsies, baby socks, etc. Please open diaper packages and stuff diapers in the bag. We appreciate your generosity, but please do not over fill the bag. We would like for the bag to close. (Please no Target or Walmart Gift Cards as our friends do not live near and are not familiar with these stores.)
TOILETRY BINS(This need is currently being fulfilled, but if you have an idea to help our volunteering small group or us to better collect any of the following please let us know.)
Food stamps does not pay for toiletry items, cleaning supplies or paper products. The following items are things we want to collect and put into a large plastic bin to deliver to our families in need.
- Various health and hygiene products such as bath soap, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, razors, combs, brushes, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
- Cleaning supplies: dish soap, laundry detergent, pine sol, toilet scrubbies, cleaning clothes, paper towels.
- Household items such as pots and pans, towels, dishes and toilet paper.
- Kroger or Aldi Gift Cards; from time to time food stamps assistance does not kick in, the funds lag, they run out or there is a temporary problem with the approval. Occasionally, our refugee friends may need a little financial assistance with their food purchase. Gift certificates from Kroger or Aldi in the amounts of $25 or $50 increments are greatly appreciated.
We are asking for your help in packing the bins complete with a mix of all of the toiletry items needed. We would greatly appreciate it if we are able to close the lid on the bin as we are carrying the items in and out of our cars and up and down the stairs. We are also trying NOT to overwhelm our refugee friends with stuff.
ALDI/KROGER CARDS OR GROCERY ITEMS