The Guardian Group has accepted a challenge to raise $5,000 by July 4th on the Unitarian Universalist crowdsourcing site, Faithify.
We need the money to continue to help LGBT refugees and asylum seekers settle in the San Francisco Bay Area. When they first arrive we buy our clients things like MUNI passes, cell service, and clothes for job interviews until they find a job and start supporting themselves. Refugees get $500/month for 8 months, but that does not cover their basic needs in high cost San Francisco
Asylum seekers are not allowed to work for six months, they get no government support, and cannot get routine medical care, unless they are San Francisco residents.
So the Guardian Group steps in and provides some basics when we can. Things like a bicycle helmet, emergency food money, and maybe a night at a hostel when a client’s boyfriend kicks him out without warning.
Recently we have been spending on average $4,500 for the client’s first year — that amount is more for asylum seekers and less for refugees.
We need help from beyond our mid-sized congregation if we are going to be able to continue to help newly arrived LGBT people in need.
To qualify for Faithify we have to agree that we either reach our goal, or our donors get their money back. So, it’s $5,000 or nothing!
Please help us help newcomers! Click and Give on Faithify!