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80 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203
703-841-3871; Fax: 703-524-2741

Dr. Patricia Maloof, Program Director
Migration & Refugee Services

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MRS relies on the support of our diocesan parishioners to help meet the urgent needs of our clients. Please consider helping "Welcome the Stranger" through Migration and Refugee Services in one of the following ways:
Download the flyer: How you can help

Spiritual Adoption

Spiritually "adopt" a refugee family scheduled to arrive in the Diocese. Offer prayers for the refugee family, including their safe arrival to the United States and their other needs (children, jobs, clothing, household items, job, health, adjustment to our way of life, etc.).

Giving Tree Collection

Sponsor a Giving Tree Collection during Advent (or individual and parish donations any time of the year) of basic necessities for refugees which might include any of the following needed items:

Gift cards:
  • Grocery store gift cards to help feed newly arriving refugee families
  • Gift cards to discount stores such as Dollar Tree, Wal Mart, Target, and Kmart for purchasing items in greatest need for newly arrived refugee families
  • Cell phones with pre-paid cards
  • Metrocards to help clients get to interviews and work
New household items including:
  • pots and pan sets, baking dishes, mixing bowls, kitchen knives, cutting boards, can openers, kitchen utensils, mitts, towels, glasses, silverware, and dish sets
  • tea kettles
  • tall indoor kitchen trash cans with lids (13 gallon)
  • twin, full, and queen sheet sets, blankets, and comforters
  • bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths
  • alarm clocks
  • shower curtains and rings
  • floor lamps and energy efficient light bulbs
  • laundry detergent, laundry baskets, dish soap, sponges
  • kitchen and bath cleaners
  • dust pan and broom, mops
  • umbrellas
  • toiletries (soap and body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant)
Baby items, such as
  • crib sheets and baby blankets
  • diapers
  • baby shampoo
  • strollers
  • car seats
  • booster seats
  • infant seats
  • cribs and pack and plays
  • crib mattresses
  • toddler beds
  • baby and small children's clothing
  • winter snowsuits for babies
Financial Donations

Financial donations are also needed to help with providing assistance with rent, security deposits, and utility bills.


Who are "refugees" and what happens to them as they flee persecution? Learn more about refugees and their journey to the United States and to your parish. Download the flyer: About Refugees and Their Journey


Please contact MRS at (703) 841-3891 or by e-mail at and let us know how you would like to help "Welcome the Stranger" in our diocesan community!

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