STATEMENT – U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Thanks The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA –
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Board of Directors, staff, our 36 refugee resettlement partner agencies and clients express our most grateful appreciation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) for the continued support of refugees and immigrants. With a new gift of $600,000 cash and commodities, the LDS support has reached $1.2 million combined (cash and in-kind) over two years.
Steven Peterson explained, “As a church we consider the care of the poor and needy to be central to our faith. We desire to join our resources with those of other charitable organizations to extend the collective impact of our efforts. This contribution is made possible thanks to individual donations of thousands of members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in response to an invitation to give generously for the relief of the growing numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons across the world.”
“At a time of our greatest need for support, we are grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and all its members for remembering those in need, specifically the refugees and immigrants we serve”, said Eskinder Negash, Acting Chief Executive Officer. “We will make good use of these resources to welcome the stranger and help our clients to seek new opportunities and rebuild their lives.”
We hope and encourage others to follow the moral leadership of LDS and support refugees and immigrants and the work of U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
For over 100 years, USCRI has protected the rights and addressed the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supported their transition to a dignified life.