Refugee Resettlement

Welcoming our new neighbors is an act of love and generosity.

We partner with people of faith and good will to meet the needs of refugee families resettling in NJ. There are many ways to serve.

Build A Restart Kit

Restart Kits are bins of new household items provided to newly arriving families to help them set up their homes. It's a great way to involve your family, friends, coworkers, classmates or community group. Purchase new items. Pack them in a clear plastic bin with a lid. Label the bin with the Kit name. Include an unsealed, hand written note welcoming the family. Larger items that don't fit inside can be included separately. Deliver the bin to PAC.

Welcome Kit

• Electric tea kettle and black tea
• Monthly calendar
• Throw blanket
• “Welcome” doormat
• Notebook and pens/pencils
• Umbrella
• Scissors
• Small sewing kit
• Flashlight & batteries
• Wall clock with numbers
• Alarm Clock
• Light bulbs (4, CFL or LED)

Kitchen Kit 1
  • Dishes: plates and bowls (for 8)
  • Cups/glasses and mugs (for 8)
  • Utensils: forks, knives, spoons (for 12)
  • Silverware tray
  • Dish towels (2)
  • Potholders (2)
  • Paper towels & holder
  • Hand soap
  • Trash can (13 gallon)
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish drying rack
Kitchen Kit 2
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Serving Bowl
  • Food storage containers
  • Large frying pan
  • Large pot with lid
  • Baking dish (glass or ceramic)
  • Cutting board
  • Large carving knife, smaller paring knife
  • Spatula
  • Can opener
  • Wooden spoons
  • Serving utensils
  • Serving platter
Personal Care Kit
  • Toothbrushes (4-6)
  • Toothpaste (2)
  • Shampoo (2)
  • Conditioner (2)
  • Deodorant (2 men, 2 women)
  • Bar soap (3)
  • Razors (4)
  • Shaving cream (2)
  • Feminine hygiene pads
  • Toilet paper rolls (4)
  • Tissues (2 boxes)
Cleaning Kit
  • Mop and bucket
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Sponges
  • Cleaner spray bottles
    (1 bathroom, 1 kitchen,
    1 all-purpose)
  • Toilet brush
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels (2 rolls)
Bath Kit
Bedding Kit

Choose twin, full or queen.
Indicate size on Kit name label.
Stay age neutral.

  • Comforter
  • Blanket
  • Sheets and pillow cases
  • Waterproof (non-vinyl) mattress cover
  • Pillows
Baby Kit

Indicate size on Kit name label.

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Small item/baby toy

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Provide Services to Refugees

Volunteers undergo a specific orientation and complete background check and confidentiality agreements in order to serve in ways that require direct contact with the refugee. These are things like delivering groceries to their home, providing a ride to an appointment, teaching them to drive, tutoring, teaching English, etc. Let us know if you're interested in taking this step.

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Make Their New Home Possible

We partner with the hearts+homes team to furnish and equip the new home for our new neighbors. There are so many ways you can serve.

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Make a Financial Contribution

The refugee resettlement budget is funded by the Local Ministry Fund.

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Furniture Donations

We partner with hearts+homes when receiving and evaluating the appropriate furniture for the refugee family and their home. Due to limited storage space, we can accept gently used furniture only as needed. Therefore, please do not drop off furniture at the church. Email pictures and dimensions of the items you wish to donate. We'll consider the items in light of the space available and the family in need.

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Agency Partnerships
Agency Partnerships

There are ten agencies approved by the US State Department to facilitate refugee resettlement in America. You can find three of those agencies in NJ including USCRI’s affiliate office Interfaith-RISE (I-RISE) in Highland Park. For many years, PAC volunteers, alongside others from local faith and civic groups, have assisted refugees received by I-RISE integrate into their own communities through mutual relationship building, the exchange of cultures, teaching life skills, and assisting the case management staff providing core services. Simply said, these volunteers know what to do, where to go, and how to do the most basic everyday tasks which seem very foreign and overwhelming to their new neighbors. Volunteers provide encouragement and a helping hand. This is where we grew in our love for refugees.

Alliance for Refugees (AFR) is a resettlement agency approved by the US Federal Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. It is birthed out of a collaborative partnership between PAC and World Relief. AFR will open on October 1st as the NJ affiliate office of World Relief and will receive assigned families directly. AFR will be an alliance of various individuals and organizations (including PAC!) in Mercer & Middlesex County seeking to welcome and assist new refugee neighbors. 

We encourage you to continue supporting I-RISE as they resettle families throughout NJ. Pray with us for the launch of AFR this fall. We will be developing Good Neighbor Teams to help AFR welcome refugees as valued, thriving, contributing members of our community and to assist them with essential foundational needs as they experience freedom, healing, and peace.