Come to Hospitality on January 15 to Reunite with the Dahans and Payabs, and Join Asylum Seekers Welcome Team
The Refugee Resettlement Ministry has been actively and personally involved in helping to resettle two families over the past few years. The Dahans arrived in Philadelphia from Syria in 2016 with two children, Ayman and Iman, and now a new baby, Eeleen. Majidah just passed her exam to become a citizen and Sameer is working at Weavers Way in Chestnut Hill.
In August 2021, as the Taliban roared back into power, engineer and ranking Afghan government official Haseeb Payab--together with his wife, mother, brother and three children-- fled Afghanistan and, through a roundabout route, settled in Philadelphia. They welcomed a new baby over the summer. With the generous support of this congregation, we were able to help this growing family purchase a used minivan.
Come reunite with the Dahans and meet the Payabs on January 15, as they will be at Hospitality after the 10:30 a.m. service, together with members of Refugee Resettlement Ministry, and learn more about our work.
ALSO: Please remember the ministry’s winter coat and apparel drive in aid of Asylum Seekers from Texas. The drive begins January 15, but a coat rack and bureau are currently set up in the lobby of the church if you’d like to contribute sooner. These asylum seekers are arriving by the busloads in Philadelphia, a Northeast Sanctuary hub, where they transition to other sites in the Northeast, hoping to join family and friends. Many arrive in warm-weather clothing, totally unprepared for cold weather.
You can help in several significant ways! Join our St. Martin’s Asylum Seekers Welcome Team, working in cooperation with the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia.