Volunteers Needed to Offer Housing for 2-6 Months

UUA Side with Love

Information Session
Monday, November 19, 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave NE

Over the past year, University Unitarian has been helping asylum seekers in our community: offering housing, hospitality and financial support to asylum seekers. Last month, a Temple Beth Am member offered her backyard cottage, and a young man in the process of seeking asylum has moved in. Through the Church Council of Greater Seattle, there are two other asylum seekers who need housing by December 1.

  • An immigrant woman seeking asylum who is in need of housing for a few more months, while she continues to build stability. She is working, studying English, and fairly independent. She is currently living with a family, but that family needs the extra bedroom in December. It would be ideal to locate another host in North Seattle for December through early into 2019.
  • A young man who entered the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor needs housing beginning in December. He is 20, working full-time and fairly independent. His English is improving, and he is practicing his English with a UUC congregant. He hopes to find a small apartment or room with a family in Central or North Seattle, so he can continue to gain stability, while he sends part of his earnings to family members in Guatemala.

Maybe you have room in your home (or your mother-in-law apartment, or cottage, or whatever), and maybe you can imagine sharing your space with an asylum seeker for 2-6 months. Being flexible, kind and open-hearted is required; Spanish competency is not.

For more information, come to this gathering on November 19. Or contact Pam if you are interested, but can’t attend the meeting.