During these times of chaos when all of us are trying to survive each day, the amazing generosity in our community has come shining through.
Over four months ago Covid-19 raised its ugly head here on the Oregon Coast. As doors closed to employees in our tourism, fish processing and agricultural sectors, our immigrant population was drastically impacted. Those without legal resident status, including Guatemalan asylum-seekers, received no unemployment nor stimulus checks. These workers contribute so much to the success of our local economy yet there was no safety net for them. They are the forgotten population.
Acompañar, a group of volunteers who had been assisting some Guatemalan asylum-seekers, saw the unmet need and began a fundraising effort by requesting funds from friends and acquaintances. What began as help for seven families grew to over seventy families in desperate need. Food Share Lincoln County came to the rescue with help to provide some of the basic food needs as our group reached out to churches and individuals for donations to provide some cash assistance and other necessities to the families.
With so much divisiveness in our nation, it is heartwarming to see local community members (and others outside of our community) respond with generous donations of both cash and time to help these families living in the shadows.
Pastor Angel of The First Baptist Church, has given his time tirelessly to distribute to 35 families each week. Pastor Bob and the Yachats Community Presbyterian stepped up to provide their non-profit status, and early on Pastor Bob helped to supply us with black beans, a basic need for Guatemalans. Dorothy and Mary call our families each week to let them know we do have food and money to share. Sheila, Jackie, Mary Ann,Vicki, and Barbara pick food up from Food Share and Grocery Outlet each week and organize for distribution day. Jane watches over the donations and the books. Linda just does whatever is needed. Kelly and her friends have bought and packaged the black beans each week.
But, through it all, the message has been loud and clear to our Guatemalan neighbors. Community members care about them and have reached out to help them during these frightening times. I wish you could hear the “thank you’s” !
As some families regain employment they tell us they are no longer in need but then we continue to receive calls from other families without food or money. Our Guatemalan families will not heal quickly from this financial disaster and continued donations are greatly appreciated.
Please make checks payable to YCPC (Yachats Community Presbyterian Church) with “Acompañar donation” in the memo line.
Mail to: Acompañar at PO Box 755, Waldport, OR. 97394 or Send a donation directly to Yachats Community Presbyterian Church donate link and designate “Acompañar Migrant Relief “ at https://www.yachatspresbyterian.org/donate/
If you have any questions you can email Ginger at email@example.com
And, I am filled with gratitude for all of the support received. Thank you so much!”