Why Resettlement Volunteers Like Jo Are So Vital

Rebuilding Hope, March 2013 edition
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JoStockMarch has been Women’s History Month across the United States, and we’re taking the opportunity here to highlight an extraordinary woman who volunteers countless hours serving resettled refugees in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

You may already know that refugees are much more likely to thrive in their new lives if they get involved in their local community. What you may not know is that it’s resettlement volunteers like Jo Buth who can make all the difference for those who have newly arrived.

Jo has been volunteering to help refugees in her county for 15 years, and in that time she has opened up her heart to love, support, and help them however she can. Her service has truly gone above and beyond in every way, to the point where she is now referred to as “Burmese 911” in the Burmese refugee community because they often call her before the police when there’s an emergency!

Jo has built deep relationships with refugee families, regularly taking people to the hospital, mediating between landlords and refugees, and more. And they have grown to trust and rely on her because of her long record of consistency and friendship. Jo has even traveled to the refugee camps where many of the refugees were housed for years before arriving in the U.S. so she can better understand their situation.

Thank you, Jo, for your years of sacrifice and love for the resettled refugees in Waukesha County. We pray many more volunteers would follow your lead to help meet the needs and quell the fears of the precious lives in our midst!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support that make it possible for LIRS to work with volunteers like Jo, who are on the frontlines of LIRS’ work in local communities. Please contact us to get more information about helping refugees as a resettlement volunteer.

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