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02/12/2018 12:28:21 PM


Dear SATO and CHAI volunteers:

This note comes from Adrain Bakker at First Unitarian Univ. Church at 1000 Blanton Ave., Richmond 23230

Please send any replies to him at

Good evening everyone!  Now that First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond has declared that they will offer physical sanctuary to an individual or family at risk of deportation, we have some work to do to prepare. If anyone can help with any of the following items, please let me know!

  • Bed and furniture donations- Do you have a bed, dresser, television, small table, love seat, or any other furniture that may be useful for our guest(s)? We are trying to generate a list of available pieces so that we can quickly furnish a room to accomodate our guest(s) once we know his/her/their needs. I am hoping that we can have several bed sizes available so that we can accomodate any family size. 
  • Medical/Dental care- Are you a dentist, nurse, or physician that would be able to offer your services to our guest(s)?
  • Storage space- Our guest(s) may need storage space to put their belongings while they are living in sanctuary (to avoid paying rent on a vacant apartment/house). Do you have a garage, spare room, or space in your basement that you would be willing to offer?
  • After-hours Companionship- Our guest(s) may be nervous initially about moving into the church or about being alone at nighttime with the risk ICE showing up. If requested, we would like to be able to offer our guest(s) some company. Please consider if this is something that you can contribute if the need arises.

I have also attached the latest Hospitality Circle volunteer list (which Maureen has done such a fabulous job keeping up to date!)

I thank you all for your passion to serve our community!1

Have a wonderful weekend,

Adrian Bakker

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