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Refugee Welcome Ministry

In response to our pope's and bishop's call to respond to the refugee crisis in our world, Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish has formed a Refugee Welcome Ministry.  We have collected funds and supplies from the parish to be able to sponsor a refugee family in conjunction with Catholic Charities of the East Bay.

We mainly help with rent, furnishing the apartment, and helping the family acclimatize to life in America.

To find out more information, contact Tom at

To financially support the ministry, a check to Newman Hall with "Refugee Ministry" in the memo field, can be dropped off at the receptionist desk or electronic payment can be made with our e-giving, FaithDirect.  Just donate to the "Refugee Welcome Ministry" fund.

2018-2019 Family
: Our current family is the Attaei Family. They arrived from Afghanistan to the East Bay in April 2018. Safi and Msouda (father and mother) are taking English class. Safi works pastime and is looking for full-time work. They have three daughters - Yasna is in school, while Mohanna and Mehrana are learning about life in a new country.

2017-2018 Family: Our 4 young adult siblings continue to make progress in their transition from life in the Middle East (Iraq/
Turkey). Zainab - the oldest, was married on Friday, Aug 3rd. Her fiancé is a Hungarian Student, Peter, who she met at her ESL class. She continues to work at Tender Greens. The middle boy, Wisam, is still at Tesla. The twins are ‘AD’ and Tabarak. Tabarek is attending a nursing assistant program at Contra Costa college. AD is at Civic Corps. The family expressed their thanks and appreciation for all the help the Newman community continues to provide.