Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution and violence around the world. We believe that the Church is called to be at the forefront of welcoming them to our community, learning from them and walking alongside them as they establish a new home in Salem. Salem Alliance Church has a heart to extend hospitality to our new neighbors (refugees) by partnering with Salem For Refugees, helping to lead the International Prayer Gathering and founding Sparrow Furniture.
Salem For Refugees (SFR) is an independent city-wide network that exists to bring people and resources together to empower refugees, our new neighbors, to thrive in Salem. SFR partners with Oregon resettlement agencies, local businesses, non-profits, faith communities and hundreds of volunteers throughout the city. SFR supports refugees through volunteer Mentor Teams, Resource Teams, donations of furniture and household items and financial assistance.
The International Prayer Gathering is a place where refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and friends from all over the world meet together each week in a diverse community of multiple cultures, languages and nationalities. Every Sunday evening we gather to share a meal, learn from scripture and worship and pray in a variety of languages. There are typically between five–ten countries represented.
Sparrow Furniture helps refugees to overcome barriers to employment by providing them with the opportunity for a paid apprenticeship and language classes in a custom woodworking business.