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$35,000 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, 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. Building SpaceAsha’s Refuge has a need for our own building space that would allow us to have our office, American Life and Language classrooms and large group needs all in one place. This space could be donated, but we would need the flexibility to decorate the rooms classroom style posting educational and language learning material on walls. We need to be free to use the space as our own so that incoming clients, volunteers and supporters recognize our location. Ideally, the building would be on about 20 acres of land so that we have room to grow.
3. Donation CenterApprox. 20’ x 30’ of shelved space to organize and collect immediate donation needs: toiletries, soaps, cleaning products, kitchen utensils, blankets and bedding, long skirts, warm socks, coats, baby needs, school uniforms and food (not furniture, mattresses or large amounts of clothing). Volunteers are also needed to help collect, sort and distribute donations; Space could be donated.
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. Computer LabA computer lab is needed for Refugees to learn basic computer skills, apply for jobs, complete homework assignments and do research; 6 laptops, 3 long tables, 6 chairs, teachers desk and computer, projector, software, 2 printers; paper supply, printing ink – (This is just for a smaller computer lab. Our bigger goal would be to have a larger computer lab with 20 lap tops additional tables, chairs, printers, software and hardware and a smart board.)
• Accessibility to Building
• Accessibility and Use of Office Equipment (Copier, Scanner, Printer, PowerPoint Presentation/Video Player and Screen)
• Quarterly Meeting Space to fit 6-8 rectangle tables for Collating ProjectCommunicty Resources and more.
• Quarterly Meeting Space that will hold about 20 people and give us an ability to play a PowerPoint or Video presentation for our Orientations and Volunteer Training
• Fundraising Space/Participation and Support –Such as Larger Lobby area or fellowship hall (We currently have two big Projects/Fundraisers: Backpacks for Students in July and Cookies for a Cause in December. An annual Spaghetti type dinner to update our supporters and raise funds has also been discussed.)
• Accessibility to Tables and Chairs
• Advertising/Signage and Table Space (May be at the Next Steps desks as discussed in HP meeting December 17)
• Messages in Church Publication/email newsletters
• Office Space – We have a need for permanent office space. One larger room that we can lock and put in cubicles or multiple desks may be the quickest solution for us. Ideally we need 3-5 desk spaces/rooms, a closet sized storage room to organize and shelve toiletries and specific donations (not clothes) on, access to a copy machine and internet connections. It would also be good for this space to have a meeting space as well to meet with about 10-20 people at a time.
• Accessibility and Use of Office Equipment (Copier, Scanner, Printer, PowerPoint Presentation/Video Player and Screen)
• Creative Video and Media Help to Create Clips that Share our Vision, Raise Awareness, Offer Hope and Understanding
• Monthly Donations
• Operational Financial Support; $35,000 per year – We have a need to bring on our Executive Director Full Time (see details on 5 Most Pressing Needs)
• Approximately 10+ acres of land to build a Place of Hope – “College Campus Like” that teaches only basic education PreK-6th/8th grade for adults, American Life and job skills and offers a safe environment for students to live while learning. This environment will offer clients an opportunity to be immersed with the English Language and Christ’s love.
• 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)
• A Church to be prepared to reach ALL Nations (including Americans) on site
• Large Pond/Lake for fishing for the men and/or families
• 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.)
• Computer Lab – for Refugees to learn basic computer skills, apply for jobs and do research
• 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
• Playground for children/Park
• Counseling Room – a safe place to counsel victims of terror, war and other types of persecution
• Library with Basic Reading Books and Educational Books
• College Like Dorm Rooms/Living Space for Students going through the program
LONG SKIRTSRefugee women, young ladies and girls are always looking for long skirts. They prefer to wear skirts that are ankle length. Long skirts and/or dresses in good to new condition are always appreciated.
ALDI or KROGER GIFT CARDSTo help refugees with any food needs when food stamps lapse or are unavailable.
TOILETRIES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, & CLEANING PRODUCTSToilet Paper, Shampoo, Bath Soaps, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Deodorant, Feminine Products, Bleach, Bath and Dish Towels, Bug Spray, Pots and Pans
TWIN BEDS AND BEDDINGWe need twin size mattresses with box springs and side rails to lift them off of the ground. We prefer new or almost new mattresses. It’s sad but often times it is children who are exposed to bed bugs, lice and scabies from used donated mattresses or mattresses that have to be slept on directly on the ground of an apartment floor. Foot and head boards are not necessary but appreciated. We will need your help with the delivery of these beds. Twin size blankets and sheet sets are also appreciated. Please send us an email if you can help.
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