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REV. FRED RABIDOUX
The Guardian Group: Refugee Resettlement and Support with First UU Society of San Francisco CA
My plan will strengthen justice building by bringing increasing numbers of UUSF congregants into direct support for the LGBTI refugees. In 18 months, the SF Church will increase the congregation’s awareness and capacity around asylum seekers, and in particular LGBT persons. Four new families will be placed by the Guardian group and the group itself will add an additional 11 members to meet this goal. We will also begin a visitation program to the detention center in Oakland and expect 20% of the congregation to participate in some way.
As we work our way further into the world of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees, the opportunities for increasing congregational participation keep widening. We are now reaching deeper into the congregation for support at multiple levels beyond financial support alone. At our church we have planned a Social Justice focus month for January 2017, during which the work of the Guardian Group will be highlighted.