Ukraine Refugees in Tyler, Texas

In February, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine that has to date displaced over 10 million refugees. Many non Russian Orthodox congregations in the east are facing extreme persecution, and prominent pastors and their families who speak out against the Kremlin are on “hit” lists all over the Donbas region of Ukraine. A partner agency and church that FSI has a relationship with recently contacted us about assisting with about a dozen individuals seeking to resettle in Tyler Texas. All of these individuals are from Mariupol and have fled. Their homes, churches, schools, and community have been destroyed. They were residing in shelters across Poland, Germany, and elsewhere before seeking a humanitarian parole visa in the US. At the moment, FSI plans to help support them with financial resources, advocacy work, and case work to help them access healthcare, education, and work permits. Please join us in meeting these needs, and reach out if you would like to learn more or meet them at one of the upcoming welcome receptions planned in Tyler.

LIST OF URGENT NEEDS TO HELP THEM RESETTLE & FURNISH THEIR HOUSING:

  • Washer and Dryer (New or in good condition)
  • Smart TV’s (Like the Roku ones at Walmart)
  • 5 seater circle dining table w/ chairs (New or good condition)
  • Low Profile TV stand with drawers and/or cabinets
  • End table and lamps for living room
  • New or like new microwave safe plates, coffee cups, cups, bowls
  • Set of NEW pots and pans for cooking. Stock pot for soup & pasta, frying pan
  • baking dishes for the oven
  • Back patio furniture – an outdoor table and chairs – they enjoy spending time outside
  • NEW or excellent condition bunk bed (We have all the other beds and mattresses)
  • 3 dressers (3 different rooms)
  • coat hangers for 3 closets
  • Shower curtain for 1 bathroom, bathroom mats (new please)
  • Hand soap, Dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies (Broom, vacuum, dust pan)
  • Trash can
  • Spices and non-perishable groceries like rice, flour, Nutella, peanut butter, honey, etc…
  • Gas cards, gift cards for groceries, and prepaid visas for shopping.

Please contact dbrown@seekfreedom.org to coordinate drop off. We will remove items from this list as they are secured. Please check back before buying anything. Thanks in advance!