Released Migrant Detainees in URGENT Need of Supplies

The Jewish New Year High Holidays are a way to connect to our experiences of immigration, marginalization, and multiculturalism. Following our traditions, Kavana, is reaching out to support newly released detainees of the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center by collecting items for these individuals. Most of the detainees have been imprisoned in the Northwest Detention Center as a result to their attempts to seek safety in the United States.

AIDNW (aidnw.org), located near the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, is a resource for newly released immigrants, a place to experience their first moments of freedom. A place with telephone access to call family or friends, assistance in arranging onward travel, warm clothing as needed, personal hygiene products, backpacks to carry their belongings, and arrangements for safe housing for those in need temporary shelter.

Freed individuals typically have few personal possessions, and are released in the clothing in which they were captured. AIDNW helps individuals by offering some basic necessities, which vary according to the season, as they continue their struggle to be with family and friends.

Right now, desperately needed items for men and women include:

  • Gently used or new sweatshirt hoodies (adult small and medium)
  • Gently used or new sweatpants (adult small and medium)
  • Gently used or new backpacks
  • Pay as you go phone cards for T-Mobile or Nokia phones
  • Prepaid international phone cards
  • Walmart or Target gift cards to buy shoes or other necessities
  • Safeway grocery cards

The Jewish New Year High Holidays are a way to connect to our experiences of immigration, marginalization, and multiculturalism. Following our traditions, Kavana, is reaching out to support newly released detainees of the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center by collecting items for these individuals. Most of the detainees have been imprisoned in the Northwest Detention Center as a result to their attempts to seek safety in the United States.

Kavana’s immigrant justice team is kindly requesting that you bring donations to the any of the Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services. Place the donations in the collection boxes. Diane Hostetler and Libby and Les Cohen will deliver the donations to the AIDNW Center in Tacoma on behalf of Kavana. If you have questions, please contact Les Cohen.

Together, we can take action to ensure that the refugees in our region are remembered for life this year and every year to come. Thank you for your generosity and support.