What's Your Connection?

Before I worked for Global Refuge, I worked at Lowe's. I knew exactly what was expected of me. There was little, if any, complexity. It was great. I went to work and came home and didn't think twice about what I did that day. I successfully gave people their change and their receipts and put things in bags, and I tried to make that go as smoothly as possible.

Before that, I was a children's director at a church, and before that, I was a volunteer coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency, and before that, I was going to school for international studies, and before that I was trying to be a nurse.

 The Kipese hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo receiving a microscope and lab supplies in July 2018. This hospital was looted and staff were killed earlier this year. These supplies will help rehabilitate the hospital, encourage the staff, and keep it serving this community. 

The Kipese hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo receiving a microscope and lab supplies in July 2018. This hospital was looted and staff were killed earlier this year. These supplies will help rehabilitate the hospital, encourage the staff, and keep it serving this community. 

When Shaunessy and Jaden met with me to ask if I would come to work for Global Refuge, they understood if I didn't want to. They knew that my job would not be like working at Lowe's. It would mean going back to the days of complexity, having to invest my emotional capital into something, having to care.

Well, shouldn't we care? It's a good question, and many people are asking it these days. What is the point to what Global Refuge is doing? Shouldn't we, on some level, suspect things that aren't in our self-interest? Shouldn't you suspect Global Refuge? 

Well, I suppose, yes. Why? Something is connecting you to this work, but what is it? 

Maybe you knew Brian or have a relationship with the McNeely family. Maybe you've come to the coffee shop or the thrift store and you like the vibe you get. Maybe you were on a team. Maybe you've met a refugee locally and heard their story. 

When we give money to something, we like cut and dried outcomes with shiny data sets. Each month in our newsletters, we share the number of people we treat each month, and if you've looked around on our website, you may have seen that we're able to do this with a pretty small budget. For some, those numbers are enough. But some of us need something else to take the next step, and it's as simple as this:

We need more people to join us.

We have big ambitions and things to do. Even though caring about the displaced is complex, the good thing is that getting connected is very, very simple. You can make a tangible difference in people's lives by making the choice to give to whatever need you see you can meet.

Whatever may have pulled you into Global Refuge in the past, the goal we have is to help overshadow that past connection by the present impact. We want you to have a fresh passion and connection to the work we're doing.

Going forward, choose to be connected to Global Refuge because you know the impact your support is making, because you know that lives are being changed, and because you can see that there is a purity to the work we do. We want you to have confidence in your connection to Global Refuge.

-Christy Josten

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