There is a lot happening in the world right now. Like several other states, Rhode Island is gearing up to welcome refugee families from Afghanistan, and some of our community partners are ready to help them settle into their new home.
That’s why this September, instead of matching penpals with one another, we’re recruiting Rhode Islanders to write letters of welcome to new refugee families.
It’s super easy to participate:
- Write a letter.
- Mail it by September 30 to Dear Rhode Island, PO Box 5916, Providence, RI 02903.
- Drop us a note (see the form below) to let us know your letter is on its way.
Dear Rhode Island will compile these letters into a welcome packet, which we’ll share with Dorcas International, Catholic Social Services, and the Refugee Dream Center, who are supporting refugees with resettlement.
A few tips as you write your letter:
- It can be handwritten, typed, illustrated, etc., as long as it’s legible. Be as creative as you’d like! We will be scanning the letters and making photocopies, so keep that in mind.
- Be warm and kind. Don’t make assumptions about what the families have been through or are dealing with.
- Your letter might be one of the first glimpses into Rhode Island these families receive.
- Share something you love about Rhode Island that you hope they will experience — your favorite local food, media outlet, artist, or walking spot.
- Your letter will be read by Dear Rhode Island and shared with multiple families. That means it’s public. Don’t share anything you wish to remain private.
- Get together with others. This could be a fun activity to do as a family, church, block, or garden club.
Please note: This is intended as a positive project. The Dear Rhode Island team will read all letters, and hurtful or hateful letters will not be shared.
Dear Rhode Island is about building community using the power of letters. We can’t think of many better ways to connect with our newest neighbors.
Is your welcome letter on the way?
Let us know by submitting this form: