Room at the Inn
In 2016, Room at the Inn was formed to relieve the global refugee crisis. The group’s name is a play on the Nativity Story in the Gospel of Luke where the newborn Jesus was laid “in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2: 7). The mission of this group is to provide room, for those fleeing violence and oppression.
ROOM AT THE INN fulfills its mission by serving as a refugee resettlement project. Saint Paul’s works with other local organizations to co-host a refugee family moving to Chestnut Hill. The refugee support team consists of approximately twenty people, mostly Saint Paul’s parishioners, who are working on the areas of housing, jobs, healthcare, schools, ESL, and orientation to life in this community to facilitate the refugee family’s smooth transition to the US. We have collected an apartment’s worth of donated furniture and supplies for the family we hope to welcome.
We request donations to pay for rent, utilities, food and essentials for the family we hope to welcome. To make a tax deductible donation visit the Saint Paul’s giving page and add “Room at the Inn” to the memo line. Thanks for enabling us to make room at the inn!
Learn more about Room at the Inn
- Visit our Facebook page
- Contact Valerie Stevens, team leader, at
- (215) 285 8233
In December 2016 Saint Paul’s partnered with St. Martin’s Church to welcome the Dahan family from Syria. This is described in “A Week’s Journey with the Dahans.”
On January 26, 19 hours before an executive order prohibited the acceptance of refugees into the United States, the Mwajuma family arrived in Philadelphia to be hosted by Room at the Inn. The group found and furnished their apartment in just one week.
For their first dinner in their new home, Henrike,Yili, & Annabelle arrived with Congolese chicken & rice & cut veggies & fruit salad, all delicious. ‘Rice from China?’ asks the mother Bahati. Valerie who leads Room at the Inn reflects, “I feel like I’m in a novel. Only Annabelle & I are not immigrants.” Valerie lights a candle and asks about grace. The Mwajuma/Jeack family all bow their heads and say grace in their dialect. We start to share the meal and Annabelle remarks that the women’s hair is all exquisite. “My mom is a hairdresser,’ says the daughter Justine. They like to play basketball. Just for fun.”
On their twelfth day the family is interviewed by Dawn Timmeney of Fox 29 news http://www.fox29.com/news/234398086-video. Two days later the three youngest children start school at Holy Cross. All are off to a great new start.