"Welcoming the Stranger Among Us"


Below are our current needs.

Newly arrived, adult refugees attend Cultral Orientation (CO) classes to help prepare them for life in the United States. Learners are gaining cultural knowledge and basic life skills of living in the U.S.

We are looking for volunteers to help provide donated items such as light lunches during class, items for our CO Store, and transportation to and from class.

CO Store

Each family is given donated products from our CO Store where they get to "shop," pick out health, hygience, cleaning, and food storage products they have learned about in class. The items needed are below.

Please contact Beth Carney for CO Store donation needs at ecarney@archindy.org or (317)236-1592.

Donations Needed for our "CO Store"

  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Toilet bowl brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Mops
  • Mop buckets
  • Deodorant (men and women)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body poofs
  • Toothpaste (adult and children)
  • Toothbrushes (adult and children)
  • Food storage containers (for large bags of rice and small containers for refrigerator)
  • Fire safe boxes to store important documents
  • Portable filing boxes w/ files to help organize the many documents

To make it easier on you, you can purchase items throgh Amazon Smile Wish List and have them delivered directly to our office. Check out our Amazon Smile Wish List to see some of the donation needs https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/19B53L47D6OOJ?ref_=wl_share

Please contact Beth Carney for donation needs at ecarney@archindy.org or (317)236-1592.


CO Class Transportation

CO classes are usually two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 1-2 times a month. One or more transportation shifts are available for CO classes. Shifts are as follows:

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 8:00am-10:00am

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 2:00pm-4:00pm

Clients live around the Indianapolis area, usually on the West and South sides. Classes are held on the South side of Indianapolis near Stop 11 & Madison Ave. Volunteer may transport up to as many people as seatbelts that are available in volunteer's vehicle.

You do not need to know another language to volunteer. An automobile, Indiana Driver's License, and proof of auto insurance are required. If a car seat or booster seat is needed, Catholic Charities will provide for volunteer. This may require a bit more time for pick up of car/booster seat from Catholic Charities.

CO Class Light Lunches

This volunteer need would be a GREAT project for a small group of people. CO classes are usually two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 1-2 times a month.

Classes can have 5-20 attendees, including small children.

We are looking for volunteers to split up the days to provide the following:

  • Cooked white rice
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Raw vegetables
  • Bottled water
  • Hummus
  • Plates, plasticware, napkins
  • Small juice boxes
  • Fruit (bananas, small oranges, apples)
  • Individual desserts or something sweet
  • Granola or fruit bars
  • Small bags of chips

St. Alban's Advocates

Join the Patron of refugees, St. Alban, in prayer by spiritually adopting a refugee or refugee family. Offer prayers for their safe arrival and graces needed to adjust to a new life in the United States. You could write letters of encouragement and prayers for them. We would match you with a family and you could meet them, with a staff member, at the airport for their arrival. This would be a good time to give them the collection of letters and prayers. This is a great way to live in solidarity with our sisters and brother refugees!


Internships and Additional Donation Needs

For more information, please contact Michele Schrougham at mschrougham@archindy.org.


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