In 2020, Latter-day Saint Charities awarded grants to nine resettlement agencies in the United States to assist refugees who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a news release, the financial support from the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided the refugees with money for rent, medical and other expenses, as well as greater access to household supplies, food and hygiene items.
Kelly Ricculli, deputy director of development for resettlement, asylum and integration at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), stated in the release:
Many refugee and asylum-seeking families, including those who have been in the U.S. for some time, work in industries hardest hit by the pandemic, such as hospitality and food service. Some were suddenly unable to work and struggled to put food on the table.
This year, the Latter-day Saint Charities grants have provided food and financial support to more than 10,600 refugees and immigrants through 142 offices nationwide. Nearly 2,000 beds have been distributed from the Church’s Deseret Manufacturing.
The nine resettlement agencies include:
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,
- International Rescue Committee,
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants,
- Church World Service,
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service,
- Episcopal Migration Ministries,
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC).
- World Relief.
The Committee reported that grocery commodities were an important contribution for families, especially for those who suffered recent job loss. The Latter-day Saint Charities grants to the resettlement agencies also help support refugees with workforce training, digital literacy, community engagement and emergency funding.