The Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP), an interfaith coalition in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area, has helped a number of refugee families resettling in New Jersey, and continues their quick pace in the wake of a rapidly changing political climate for refugees arriving here.

In light of the most recent federal executive order, signed on March 6th, suspending incoming refugee resettlement for 120 days, RAP will address actions to continue its support for refugee resettlement in New Jersey at its March monthly meeting.  This meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Fanwood Presbyterian Church, 74 S. Martine Ave. in Fanwood.  This free, public meeting focuses on action items for local families.

Sponsoring several families and donating to more, RAP volunteers are people from many faith traditions, including Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, as well as non-affiliated concerned community members.  Their work together assists refugees in getting jobs, accessing medical and dental care, going to government agencies with their documentation, finding apartments, donating needed items, financial assistance, and other ways to help transition these families to be contributing in their new community.

RAP meets on the third Tuesday of each month; all meetings are free and open to the public.  Meetings are typically held at various places of worship and rotate month-by-month, primarily within the Scotch Plains and Fanwood communities. For more information about RAP or for further information, email refugeeassistancepartnersnj@gmail.com.