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‘Village to Village’ helps move refugee families into their new Valley homes

The group has four moves in a month span.
‘Village to Village’ helps move refugee families into their new Valley homes
‘Village to Village’ helps move refugee families into their new Valley homes(WHSV)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 10:42 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Village to Village began six years ago with the goal of helping communities in other countries.

Director Heidi Dove said the group has made trips to countries like Guatemala and Moldova, but the pandemic and travel restrictions caused their work to shift.

The group teamed up with Church World Service to help refugee families move into their Valley homes.

“We were able to step in with Church World Services, which was huge for us because we had a big loss in how to do ministry,” Dove said.

Recently the group has been pretty busy.

“We have four moves within about a month’s time,” Dove said.

Volunteers make sure families have everything they need from pots and pans to toiletries and furniture.

Church World Service has been resettling refugees to the Valley since 1988 and Emily Bender, Communications and Development Coordinator with CWS, said the community makes all the difference.

“One of the reasons that we have been so successful is because this community is so warm, so welcoming, so willing to show up and roll up their sleeves just like Heidi and Village to Village have been able to do,” Bender said.

“Village to village just really wants families to feel welcome. We want them to know we are so glad you are here and we want them to have a good start,” Dove said.

Village to Village is accepting donations for their next move.

The next collection day is Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 at 2136 Rawley Pike in Harrisonburg.

You can find more information here.

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