The Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) Family Center serves families with children who are not yet old enough to be enrolled in school. Highland provides the facilities for the Family Center to care for the children while parents attend English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Family Center students also participate in cultural orientation sessions, art therapy, and job readiness activities.
Infant through preschool age children receive learning activities and instruction in basic English. Multicultural childcare staff, primarily former Family Center clients, model appropriate classroom and social behaviors, so that the children are better prepared for preschool, kindergarten, and daycare.
In 2016, the Family Center served 64 families (84 children). Though KRM provides diapers while the children are in class, staff at the center say many families simply do not have the financial resources to purchase enough to use at home. The director of the Family Center said it is not uncommon for a parent to bring in a child who is wearing the same diaper she/he had on the previous day.
Newly resettling refugees live on extremely limited subsidies until they are able to find employment. KRM believes they could provide much-needed relief to families and little ones if they kept a supply of diapers, which it could distribute to the families in greatest need.
You can make a difference! Any Sunday in May, please bring your gift of diapers (especially size 4!), to the donation bins outside the choir room. Thank you!
For the past decade, Highland has provided hospitality and support to refugees served by KRM through:
- Providing space for the KRM Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning
- Sponsoring refugee families
- Organizing a Diaper Drive several times a year (See article above for how you can contribute!)
- Providing financial support for KRM programming
- Supporting several HBC members who serve/have served on the KRM Board of Directors.
If you are interested in learning more about how HBC members can serve in this ministry, contact Pam Ratcliffe.