WORCESTER — Four Armenian Churches in the Worcester area are coming together for the seventh year in a row to serve a higher purpose: helping Armenian refugees fleeing Syria in the wake of its destruction.
On September 29, the four churches — Armenian Church of the Martyrs, Armenian Church of Our Saviour, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church and Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church — will host a dance at the Cultural Center of the Armenian Church of Our Saviour to raise money to help families fleeing Syria start new lives in North America.
All funds raised will aid refugees from Syria. Half will go to the Fund for Armenian Relief of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (FAR) and the other to the First Armenian Evangelical Church of Montreal, which is collaborating with the “Hay Doun” organization in conjunction with the Canadian Government to obtain immigration rights for Syrian refugees.
According to the organizers, since 2015, more than 1,000 families have arrived in Montreal, and another 300 families arrived in 2017. The Montreal church welcomes the Syrian Armenian families who arrive there and offers moral, spiritual and psychological support; provides temporary housing in the church complex or at homes of families within the church and the Armenian community at large; pays for hotel rooms; orients the families to integrate in the city life, such as administrative support, transportation, schooling, learning the language, finding jobs, helps them to find affordable housing and in some cases provides the rent of initial months; and provides all kinds of basic furnishing and warm clothing.
The Armenian Missionary Association of America is also assisting the church financially to continue this ministry.
“This year we are also giving to FAR,” he said, as one of the committee members suggested it.