Celebrate New Arrivals This Mother’s Day

The Welcome to America Project is partnering with the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic to collect items for Phoenix babies newly born to refugee moms. What better way to help refugee families feel welcome than to greet their newest additions by sharing some necessities! We will be collecting items through the end of May, Mother’s Day month.

ITEMS NEEDED: (neutral colors preferred, not gender specific)

  • Diapers (size newborn, 1 and 2)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Swaddling Blankets
  • Pacifiers
  • Bottles
  • Umbrella Strollers
  • Diaper Travel Bags

The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, a one of its kind entity, provides access to comprehensive, culturally sensitive care for refugee women living near Phoenix. Like WTAP, they support the mission of refugee resettlement to promote self-sufficiency in newly-arrived populations.

This Mother’s Day annual drive is among our most important drives of the year. We aim to share over 1000 diapers!

You can drop off items to WTAP during the month of May at the below listed times and we will take them to the clinic. You can also order on Amazon or other retailers and send to WTAP – 1711 W. University Dr. #158, Tempe, AZ 85281

We are all a part of the welcome, especially welcomes to the world. What role will you play?

Welcomes Postponed Through September 30th

March 12, 2020

Announcement from WTAP Regarding the Coronavirus and Our Precautions

One of the reasons that we welcome is to be good neighbors. We want refugees to know that we are glad they have arrived and are safe from harm.  Refugee wellbeing is our overriding objective. In order to be a good neighbor and keep refugees and volunteers safe, we’ve made the decision to postpone warehouse volunteer activities, household donation in-take, refugee welcomes, clothing closets, tours and bike nights. We hope that this will be a short-term postponement and for now have removed all volunteer events from our calendar through April 30th. We also have closed the warehouse to incoming household donations. We’ll reevaluate as we learn more about this coronavirus pandemic.

Those who have joined our welcomes know how intimate our adventures are. Lots of handshakes and hugs. Lots of loving hearts. All in small settings. Clearly, it’s best that we postpone our welcomes, acting in a neighborly way.

Please know that we are very ready to welcome.  We’ll just have to be patient. We look forward to future welcomes. Happy, healthy gatherings where we can say loudly and safely, “Welcome to America”.

Mike Sullivan, Agency Director

Family Bios: February 29, 2020

We will visit a family of three including a husband, wife, and their seven-year old daughter. They came to the US almost five months ago from Malaysia, and are very happy to be here, as the US is their ‘dream country.’ The husband currently works at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, mainly doing vacuuming duties. He hopes to find a new job that pays more, but has an injured right leg. His wife hopes to work sometime in the future, once she finishes addressing her medical problems. The husband speaks very good English, and is very happy to share with others.

We will also welcome a family of four from Burundi.  They have been in the US for 3 months. The husband and wife are both hoping to find any type of work to help support their two daughters, age 1 and 7 years old, with the oldest being in school. They aren’t quite settled here in the US yet, but said they will slowly become used to it over time.