Through the generosity of its members, the United Church of Christ is very much involved in offering compassion and care to displaced refugee children from Mexico and Central America. The denomination is working on the ground with congregations in the southern border states to meet early needs of the refugees, provide for the children as they are moved throughout all 50 states to be reunited with their families, and advocate to influence federal government funding and deportation policies.
"Because the situation is changing quickly, a coordinated response allows the UCC to be at the right place at the right time," said the Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss, of UCC Disaster Ministries. "One of the blessings of responding through your national church is that you can be in many places at the same time, making a significant difference." With $31,500 already donated to the UCC's special appeal for Unaccompanied Child Refugees, funds are making their way to the Southwest Conference of the UCC and into congregations sheltering children in Arizona and to a detention center in Artesia, N.M. Through the appeal, the wider church will continue to support the Southwest Conference in this long-term response. Read more here.