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Afghanistan Refugees Resettlement

Channing Memorial Church, in partnership with the Luminus Network for New Americans and the Afghan Alliance for Maryland is helping Afghan refugees integrate into our community.

You have two opportunities:

  1. So far, we have provided a refugee family that lives in North Bethesda with furniture and other household items as well as with assistance in learning to drive and other personal tasks. See opportunities below.

  2. You also have an opportunity to help the larger Afghan refugee community. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) helps refugee families to buy food. But SNAP does not help with the purchase of other essential household items, particularly toiletries. See opportunities below.

You can help a refugee family

  • Purchase gift cards, particularly from Joanne Fabrics and Crafts

  • Provide transportation

    • To government agencies such as Social Security

    • To medical appointments

    • To schools

  • Help in setting up an apartment

    • Household goods

    • Furniture

    • School supplies

    • Clothing

  • Language help


Contact our Afghan Refugee Resettlement Team for Details - Angela, Toni, Jim

You can help by donating toiletries

We will begin collecting toiletries at our church office, 3677 Park Avenue, Ellicott City, MD, beginning August 15. Drop off toiletries in the bin at the rear entrance. 


Items needed -- standard or family size:


  • Soaps

  • Shampoos

  • Toothbrushes 

  • Toothpaste 

  • Tissues

  • Toilet Paper

  • Hair brushes (new)

  • Deodorant

  • Band-aids

  • Feminine hygiene products

Channing's Afghan Refugee Resettlement Action Plan

Twenty members and friends responded to our survey of opportunities to aid Afghan Refugee Resettlement. Click on the icon to see the survey results.

Storing Furniture For a Refugee Family

Anticipating the needs of a refugee family, we've started storing furniture. We've rented a storage unit and you will have the opportunity to participate financially by helping to pay the rent of the unit. Details will follow.  

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