Community meeting

Community meeting scheduled as Afghan resettlement begins in Helena | Local

At least one Afghan refugee has resettled in Helena so far, and Helena’s Afghan Refugee Resettlement Team will be holding a community meeting to discuss their plans to bring in around 15 more over the next few months.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 16 at the shrine of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 512 Logan Street. Everyone in attendance will be encouraged to wear a mask and keep their distance, and questions and comments from the community are welcome. .

A video of the meeting will be available on YouTube by searching for “Helena United Methodist Ministries”.

Local resettlement efforts are sponsored by Hands On Global, a Helena nonprofit that recently completed a training program through the International Rescue Committee in Missoula.

Helena’s first Afghan refugee arrived several weeks ago and has family members in town, according to Valerie Hellermann, executive director of Hands On Global. Some accommodations are already available for more refugees and more will be ready soon, she said.

The relocation team has also been offered office space for several months, and is now collecting donations of clothing, household items and other items.

“We are thrilled and are preparing (and) hope that we will cover all needs to help with a successful relocation,” she wrote in an email to supporters.

Financial donations can be sent to Hands on Global, 5210 Kerr Drive, Helena 59602, Attn: Afghans.

Editor Jesse Chaney can be reached at 406-447-4074, or find him on Twitter: @IR_JesseChaney.