Lent Offering for Refugee Women’s Clinic

Patrick Hill / September 25, 2015

As Jesus has loved us, we want to love others. The Gospel calls us to give ourselves to those in need.

Refugees from around the world surround redemption Arcadia, and these refugees need people to walk alongside of them as they transition during this difficult season of life. One way we show the love of Christ is through our partnership with the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic. 

The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic provides access to comprehensive, culturally sensitive care for refugee women in and around Phoenix.

For each Sunday during Lent (Feb 22nd to March 29th) we will be collecting items leading up to April 5th.

Items we are collecting

  • Diapers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Baby blankets

Please commit to brining an item each week as an offering leading up to Easter Sunday. Drop the items at either service at the designated location. All the items will go to refugee women and children in need. 

 Thank you for partnering with us to care for our neighbors.

 Read below and learn more about refugees and the clinic we partner with.

 The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic 

 Refugees are individuals outside of their home country who are unable or unwilling to return due to persecution or well-founded fear of persecution.  Arizona hosts almost 60,000 refugees with an average of 3,500 refugees resettled each year with 80 percent of the resettled refugees are women and girls. 

 Incoming refugees often lack the knowledge of how to navigate the U.S. healthcare system and are subjected to misconceptions and myths regarding western medicine.  These issues, combined with language barriers, low literacy and cultural differences often compound fear and distrust of the healthcare system.  This often leads to low health-seeking behavior amongst refugee women often resulting in poor maternal and neonatal outcomes. 

 The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic of the Maricopa Integrated Health System is dedicated to reaching out to the underserved and supports the mission of refugee resettlement which is to promote self-sufficiency in newly arrived populations.  

 The clinic was created in 2008 to provide a culturally grounded, patient-centered medical home for the growing refugee community in Maricopa County. The RWHC has become a safe haven for many women seeking medical care for themselves and their families.  The clinic has conducted 5,000 office visits to more than 2,000 refugee women from 38 different countries; speaking 35 different languages.

 The caring staff at the RWHC is sensitive to the physical, psychological and social health needs of refugees, providing integrated care to help them overcome their previous traumatic experiences.  Maximizing the level of care as well as the comfort of the clinic environment, these invaluable members of the clinic are both multilingual and multicultural offering in-person interpretation services to patients in outpatient and inpatient care settings.  

Learn More HERE