COVID-19 Response Updates and New Staff Members - Our August Newsletter
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COVID-19 Response Updates
If you’ve been following us on Facebook (and we hope that you have), you’ll know that we’ve continued our COVID-19 emergency response program for the past few months. We have consistently delivered basic necessities to families every week or two weeks, using the help of our incredible volunteers. We’d like to give a big thanks to the heroes who have visited our families. These visits not only just deliver supplies that are needed during this difficult time period, but they also give hope and show that we stand in solidarity with these families.
We hope you, our valuable donors, and our current volunteers continue giving us your support - whether it be through monetary and item donations or lending your time through deliveries - as your help is needed now more than ever. With your support, Women’s Refugee Care will be able to continue delivering direct services to refugee individuals and their families, provide valuable community assistance to encourage testing and contact tracing, increase education about the disease, and ultimately implement innovative solutions to address any barriers people may face to get everyone tested and decrease the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our communities.
Thank you for caring about our work and the refugee families that we serve. We acknowledge that these are very tough times that are full of financial uncertainties. Your generosity and kindness are truly and deeply appreciated.
Please Welcome Albertina Omona & Susana Oliveros Amaya to our Team!
We are proud to introduce Albertina and Susana to our team at Women’s Refugee Care! Albertina will be our new VISTA Project Manager and Susana is our new grant writer.
Albertina Omona was born in the Congo and fled with her family when she was 8 years old to go to the Namibia Osiris refugee camps, where she learned Portuguese. After growing up there for 14 years, Albertina came to the United States. Her English communication skills improved over the years and she finished high school, becoming a professional CNA with basic accounting and computer skills. She also earned her one-year certification from feminine beauty school. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed giving back to the refugee community and helped our organization as a dedicated volunteer. In her personal life, Albertina is a mother of five children with one more on the way! In her free time, she enjoys braiding hair, doing nails, and having fun with her friends and family.
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Susana Oliveros Amaya is an artist and researcher currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a BA in Art, Minor in Literature and a BA in Art History from Universidad de Los Andes-Colombia, and a Master in Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in the U.S. She was a recipient of the Scholarship for Emerging Artists from the Ministry of Culture, Colfuturo Scholarship, the Sylvia Leslie Young Scholarship, RISD Fellowship, and more recently the RISD Graduate Commons Grant. She speaks Spanish, English, and basic French. Her wide background in artistic disciplines and her interest in cultural and material studies has given her experience in nonprofit institutions, and multiliteracy teaching practice.
Please join us in welcoming both of them to Women’s Refugee Care! We are very excited to have them join us and wish them the best of luck as they begin their work!
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