When Russia invaded Ukraine and the Homes for Ukraine scheme was announced, a local group of Christians set up an organisation called Starfish Ukraine. Starfish Ukraine helps Northern Irish households to host Ukrainian refugees. They help households connect with families who need a sponsor and they have gained expertise in the visa and document process. They have already helped over 250 Ukrainians find a safe place to live in Northern Ireland.
As the war continues, however, the number of potential NI sponsors coming forward offering specifically two or more spare rooms has slowed. It means that they can no longer help families with children who require more space under government regulations for hosting.
At the same time, the need is now especially urgent, as many refugees in Europe have been living in temporary accommodation, and are now being asked to move on.
Starfish Ukraine would love to hear in particular from anyone with two or more spare rooms, but also from anyone who can help in any capacity. This means not only the offer of hosting a family, but perhaps being able to offer meals, transport, help with finding schools and jobs for Ukrainian families? Other churches have chosen to meet the need by renting a home in their local community, and forming a team to support their family through the difficult transition from living in Ukraine to NI. There are many opportunities to lend support and love to very needy families.
If you would like to learn more about hosting, you can contact Starfish Ukraine at email@example.com. If you know you would like to offer any rooms for a Ukrainian person or family, please fill in the form at https://starfishukraine.com/.
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