Congregations of many faiths from throughout Central NJ will gather on Nov. 6, Sunday, 2 p.m. in Highland Park for the second annual Walk-A-Thon for Refugee Resettlement. Since last year the congregations have organized into Interfaith-RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment) and have recently earned State Department approval to bring 50 refugees here in the next 12 months.
Interfaith-RISE is an interfaith initiative consisting of members of over 30 congregations and organizations. Interfaith-RISE is dedicated to helping refugee families land on their feet in NJ. The Walk-A-Thon will raise funds to help Interfaith-RISE directly assist recently relocated refugee families with housing costs and other essentials during crucial months of their transition. The coalition will distribute funds and call upon various faith communities to provide as-needed materials and social support for families.
Individuals concerned with making an impact toward the growing global refugee problem and immigrant rights. Participants of all ages and faiths are invited to walk or attend in support of newly arrived families.
Route begins at the Reformed Church of Highland Park located at 19 South 2nd Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904. 1.5 mile walk through Highland Park will include informational stops at various houses of worship and other locations in town where refugees, faith leaders and municipal leaders will share thoughts and reflections.