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Cooking a meal for Afghan Refugee Family

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on May 15, 2019 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (98)

Capital Area Interfaith Friends - CAIF - CAIF has a wonderful evening helping prepare a KindWorks Welcome Dinner for 2 arriving refugee families from Afghanistan last night. We made Chicken Lawang and Afghan salad (recipes from a wonderful blog in comments below) and Afghan fudge. This was CAIF's contribution to the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington Day of Unity. A good time was had by all including the teens who had never chopped so many onions before and some hilarity ensued with the related crying. The food was packed with love in lovely donated serving dishes which the families will keep.

Apartment setup for family escaping domestic violence

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on February 11, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (97)

CAIF helped with KindWorks aparment set up. "This weekend, we set up our first apartment for a woman who had escaped a domestic violence situation, and her three young boys. Our new friend and her kids, ages 6, 4, and 2, moved out of the shelter and into a 2-bedroom apt about a week ago; they didn't have any furniture. But they do now :-) A real home to nest in, as they await their newest arrival - a baby girl, in April! Our friend was overwhelmed with the 20+ group of volunteers who gathered to help set up, and with all the various items that had been collected, from beds and dressers to toiletries and towels, to toys and books, to a black panther comforter that was a huge hit -- and the most adorable pink onesies! She wanted to share a message with all of us: "You think you're alone; but you're not. Look at all these people; look how much they care. I just want to thank you all so much.""

MLK Day of Service at Washington Hebrew Congregation

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on January 21, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (111)

CAIF had a blast participating in the Washington Hebrew Congregation MLK Day of Service. We ran a station that packed 560 goodie bags with playing cards, fidget spinners, stamps, gel pens and other fun stuff for kids at local elementary schools. We also participated in various food packing projects for the hungry and homeless and blanket making. What an amazing day! Thank you WHC for making it so easy and fun to make a difference.

Calvary Women's Shelter Meal

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on December 10, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (1)

As always CAIF has a wonderful time preparing and eating a meal with the women at Calvary Women’s Shelter in DC. Talking over dinner is the highlight. We talked about our families, favorite foods, where we go to school, our plans for when we growup. 

Food Packing with Hunger Helpers

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on November 18, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (98)

CAIF helped pack 12,000 meals for the hungry in the DC area at Washington Hebrew Congregation.


CAIF attends the Unity Walk!

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on October 14, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday CAIF went to the Unity Walk! Co-leader Julia was filmed asking a Jewish faith leader questions about their faith for an IFC project. We visited a Jewish Synagogue, Sikh Gurdwara, Buddhist temple, Russian Orthodox Church and the Islamic center this year and saw many old friends and made some new ones too. It was neat seeing the Interfaith hospitality—the Russian priest greeting Muslim visitors with “Salaam Alaikum” and the Mormon Elders greeting at the Islamic Center where we saw an interfaith choir perform and visited the sanctuary. At the Buddhist Temple, Interfaith Power and Light was providing tree seedlings to plant to help the environment. 


Golu Hindu Festival

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on October 13, 2018 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (12)

CAIF co-leaders did some planning and then celebrated the Hindu holiday Golu last weekend and Dhruv explained the meaning behind their family’s display of dolls. For more information see this article! We learned that it is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India, partly because “India” is a political boundary that somewhat arbitrarily grouped many kingdoms. Each region or community has kept their own flavor of celebration.

Refugee Apartment Set up with KindWorks

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 22, 2018 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (6)

We set up another apartment for an arriving refugee family with KindWorks. The family is 2 parents, 4 girls and 3 boys. We took an empty apartment and donations and created a welcoming home. We wish this family the best in America. 

Refugee Apartment Set-up with KindWorks

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on May 28, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (8)

Anjali: “Volunteering made me feel like I was doing something good for others. I imagined if I had to be relocated, the amount of worries I would have, at least when I got there I would have a nice place to live. “

CAIF families helped KindWorks set up another apartment for newly resettled refugees. "Many hands" truly "made light work" as about 20 volunteers from ages 6-60+ transformed the piles of donations into an inviting home for a family from Eritrea. The neighbor also helped. They are also from Eritrea and have a child of similar age! One can imagine the stress of a move, needed because of instability in one's home country, and it is so meaningful to be able to hopefully ease the transition by having an inviting home set up with all the essentials, from toiletries to toys. KindWorks always sees the pantry is stocked with culturally relevant food and usually a fresh home cooked meal from their culture.


Calvary Women's Shelter

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on April 6, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (7)

CAIF prepared and served a great Italian dinner with the women at Calvary and great conversation over dinner as always.