Good Neighbor Team
At Trinity Park, our Good Neighbor Team partners with World Relief (WR) to help refugees as they resettle to the Triangle area. Here is an overview of what the Good Neighbor Team does:
The Good Neighbor Team (GNT)
WHAT: A group of people partnered for friendship with a newly-arrived refugee group or family in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).
NUMBER OF PEOPLE: At least four households and a maximum of 12 adults.
THE COMMITMENT: Weekly visits with your refugee partner for at least 6 months. With four households, this translates to a minimum contact for each GNT household!
THE GOAL: Friendship with a refugee partner. This is born out of assisting WR with specific resettlement tasks, but the goal is relationship.
Serving With Us
Currently Trinity Park has been assigned a family of refugees from Afghanistan and this is such an awesome privilege to serve God by supporting and showing the tangible love of Christ to this family. We currently have more than 20 adults serving on our Good Neighbor Team but we always need more volunteers. Let us know if you want to serve in this way.
For more information about our Good Neighbor Team, please contact Alexey Negru at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major Elements of a GNT
APARTMENT SET-UP: Create a home for your refugee partner by stocking their home with the essentials for them to start their new life. You can ask friends for donations, frequent yard sales, shop thrift stores or by items new! Use your own truck or WR’s box truck to move items into the apartment. Pray over each room and your incoming family as you set up.
WELCOME TEAM: A few members of your GNT, along with an interpreter, will have the honor of being the first to welcome your refugee partner to our country. After greeting them, you will assist with their luggage, transport them to their new home, go over a brief housing/safety checklist, and leave them with a culturally appropriate meal you have purchased. Create “Welcome to the U.S.” signs and even provide a small welcome gift!
WEEKLY VISITS: For initial contact, GNTs can choose from a list of resettlement tasks such as ESL registration and school enrollment which occur during the refugee’s first month or so. These appointments supplement other weekly activities on weeks where you do not have an appointment or wish to have additional contact to facilitate relationship. Have your partnered family over for dinner, take them to the library, Duke Gardens, etc!