After the Storm
UPDATES and YOUR URGENT HELP REQUESTED
Last September during Hurricane Ida, the raging flood waters of the Elizabeth River completely inundated the Oakwood Plaza Apartment complex, drowning four residents and dislocating over 600 people. With your help we were able to provide some immediate support for 34 resettled refugee families, whom many of you know, who were among those left homeless by the storm.
For these families, unfortunately, the catastrophe continues to unfold and they struggle to rebuild lives wrecked by the storm.
Over the past four months, dozens of families have been squeezed into hotel rooms. Covid ravaged a vulnerable community in close quarters: several people landed in the hospital and children missed more school.
There is no housing at all in Elizabeth and funds have yet to be issued by the state to repair the complex.
Families have been scattered throughout the state. They have all lost their homes, all their belongings, their cars, their jobs, their schools and their tight knit community of support.
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United Tastes of America sparks connection
between refugees and local communities.
An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced through conflict or persecution; the equivalent of every single east coast resident from New Hampshire to North Carolina losing their homes. Nearly 25.4 million of these uprooted people are refugees, over half of whom are children.
The United Tastes of America builds belonging and integration for refugees and asylum seekers through shared food, social enterprise and community connections.
We bring together resettled refugees and local residents at supper clubs and corporate events, breaking barriers and building bridges. Our shared meals, prepared by our skilled female cooks, reaffirm our families’ rich cultural heritage and competence, building a path to greater social integration.
The United Tastes of America is a 501(C)(3) registered charity.
"In tough times, some curse the darkness, others light candles. Melina Macall and Kate McCaffrey are candle-lighters. I do not know where my family would be without them."
We’re supported by individuals, families, multi-faith congregations, corporate enterprises, and educational facilities.
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We are growing. We now have cooks from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo,El Salvador, Rwanda, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Our needs have grown too.
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[Commenting on the Syria Supper Club initiative]: “You have a whole interfaith community… It's Muslim, it's Jewish, it's Christian, it's everybody there together all eating dinner… you all break bread together and it's a beautiful experience.
MACALL: It is. And, you know, the faith that we're looking for is the faith in humanity. You don't need to subscribe to any particular religion to join and participate in our events. We're looking for people to connect.
CNN Interview with Alisyn Camerota January 30, 2017