Refugee Resettlement

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

RefugeesUrgently Needed

We’ve all seen and heard about the events taking place in our world—fires, floods, famines, wars, Covid pandemic, political instability… How can we, as Christians, respond to such escalating needs?

Here’s one concrete step we can take. Our parish Refugee Resettlement Team is working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international relief organization founded by Albert Einstein in 1931. They are asking for urgent help with three recently arrived Afghani refugee families:

  • Family 1: Mother, father, and three young children. They moved in to housing in San Jose on September 6. We were able to supply them with most of their needs to begin in their new home.
  • Family 2: Mother, father, and three boys. They live in Sunnyvale and we were able to get them what they needed at the time. Two bikes have recently been donated that were given to them.
  • Family 3: Mother, father, and three children live in Fremont. We supplied them with a table and chairs.

The Bible affirms – strongly and unequivocally – the obligation to treat strangers with dignity and hospitality. Let us join together to welcome these three families.

To help these families with expenses, please make monetary donations to St. Joseph Parish with a memo to “The Refugee Committee”. If you have items to donate, please contact Don Kaefer ( or 510-427-3007). Items need to be in good condition. 

If you would like to join the parish Refugee Resettlement Team, please contact Bill Norwalk ( or 510-710-1712).

Helping Afgan Refugees through City of Fremont

The City of Fremont’s Human Services Department is raising money to provide direct assistance to Afghan Refugees who are arriving to the Tri-City area. Fremont is home to one of the largest Afghan communities in the country and many residents and businesses have asked how they can help. The Afghan Refugee Help fund will be managed by the City’s Human Services Department, which will work with local Afghan partner organizations to determine the priorities and needs of those new arrivals to our country. Fremont’s community has a strong track record of coming together in times of need, and we appreciate the support—No donation is too small.

Visit the City of Fremont’s website to make a donation now.

To make a donation by check, make check out to City of Fremont, with AR Help noted in the memo, and mail to City of Fremont Human Services Department, P.O. Box 5006, Fremont, CA 94537-5006