Serving Refugees in Raleigh
Michele Suffridge is a member at Christ Covenant and leads a local ministry called Cedar Point Community Outreach. Many members of Christ Covenant are loving and serving refugees in our community through this ministry.
This fall, the refugee tutoring ministry of Christ Covenant Church has shifted focus.
For the past four years, Karen refugee students living at the Cedar Point Apartments in North Raleigh have been transported to our church on Wednesday nights for an hour of intensive tutoring. This history has produced many sweet relationships as members of our church have reached out toward these students in Christ’s love to help in this very practical area.
Shifting Refugee Dynamics
In the past two years, a significant number of Karen families have moved away from Raleigh, relocating to other large Karen resettlement cities. On the world stage, the shifting refugee crisis has resulted in no new Karen people being resettled in Raleigh. At the same time, the overall refugee population at the Cedar Point Apartments is exploding. Over 70% of the apartments in this complex are rented by refugee families from all over the world including Burma, Bhutan, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Serving Refugees On Their Turf
After prayerfully considering how to best serve the refugee community of Raleigh, a decision was made to shift tutoring away from our church to the Cedar Point Apartments in an effort to serve more students and build more relationships. Since the end of August, Christ Covenant members have been tutoring at the apartment complex in the Community Center. This tutoring time is part of a comprehensive Homework Help Program coordinated by Cedar Point Community Outreach, a local ministry. Christ Covenant members stepped in to staff the Wednesday Night tutoring session which is focused on high school support. Tutoring takes place from 6:30-8:00 pm. Tutors are paired with students who work on homework and/or remedial activities. Computers, iPads, and a printer are available for student use. Additional volunteers are needed for this weekly time. There is no need to make a weekly commitment, even once or twice a month is helpful.
How You Can Help
Additional Homework Help Program sessions take place during the week for the students at Cedar Point. All sessions follow the Wake County Public Schools traditional calendar and take place in the Community Center.
Times are as follows:
Elementary/Middle School – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3-5pm
High School Monday, Thursday 7-8:30 pm; Wednesday Night (Christ Covenant) 6:30-8pm
Tutors are always needed (grade 6 through adult), as the needs of these students are great. The elementary/middle school sessions average over 60 students coming for help each day! The high school tutoring times average around 15 students.
1 Peter 4:10-11 “ As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”