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On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the RAMP steering committee agreed to support the Stand Up for the Other pledge created by member Ali Chaudry. Here are links to the online pledge and an article about Union County Freeholders being the first to sign.
Apr. 30, 2019 - RAMP Meeting Minutes
Feb. 26, 2019 - RAMP Meeting Minutes
Jan. 22, 2019 - RAMP Meeting Minutes
December 28, 2018 -
2018 YEAR-END FAMILY UPDATESRAMP stories of peace, hope, courage, generosity and love.
Dear friends, members and supporters of RAMP,
It seems as though all the news we hear today consists of the evils of war, genocide, hunger and suffering. What follows are the stories of three families. These stories are filled with dreams of peace, hope, courage, generosity and love. I hope they will be meaningful for you.
2018 has been a wonderful year for RAMP. Our first family, from Syria, is striving for independence at this time. Our other two families, both from Afghanistan, have adapted to their new country quickly and beautifully.
In this season of peace, love, joy and hope for a better world, RAMP has attempted to live out these values and make a difference. We look forward to 2019 in the hope of continuing to help those we have welcomed to their new land and to welcome new friends yet unknown to us. Thank you for all you have done to make these dreams come true.
Gerry Gannon, RAMP Coordinator
November 29, 2018 - GOOD NEWS OF GLAD TIDINGS
November 23, 2018
Giving Thanks in Morris County, away from the killing in Kabul | Morristown Green
November 20, 2018 - GIVING THANKS
November 14, 2018 – Refugee Assistance Morris Partners Welcomes Third Family (PDF)
October 23, 2018 – Arrival of the Third Family (PDF)
Oct. 11, 2018 - RAMP Meeting Minutes
September 18, 2018 – Good News: Third Family Arrives (PDF)
Aug. 23, 2018 – from RAMP Evaluation Report (PDF)
August 21, 2018 – RAMP Update Summer 2018 (PDF)
August 7, 2018
The Tarakji Family receives their Green Cards. Read more: mailchi.mp
July 9, 2018
‘No them, only us’: Morristown celebrates its first Diversity Day
Adnan Tarakji, a Syrian immigrant, performing the Mevlevi (Whirling Dervish) Dance at Diversity Day 2018 in Morristown.
Photo by Carly Cannavina.
June 15, 2018 – Volunteers needed (PDF)
June 7, 2018 - RAMP Meeting Minutes
April 25, 2018 – Spring 2018 Update on our Families (Word Doc)
December 12, 2017 – End Of 2017 Updates (PDF)
July 31, 2017 – RAMP Family Update - Summer 2017 (PDF)
June 10, 2017 – RAMP Family Update - Spring 2017 (PDF)
April 1, 2017 – Refugee Assistance Morris Partners (RAMP) celebrates the arrival of the Tarakji family from Syria to Morris County
A video of Mr. Tarakji's Mevlevi (Whirling Dervish) dance performance can be found here
March 16, 2017 – Hearing the Cry of the Poor: Catholics join faith communities in Morris County to resettle Syrian refugee family
February 1, 2017 – RAMP update on our Syrian family
The family continues to settle in and adjust to life in their new home. Two of the children, ages 6 and 8, are enrolled in school. The 18-year- old son has a job in a pizza parlor. The father, who has a construction background, has had some temporary jobs and is seeking something more permanent. The mother, who has worked as a hairdresser, may seek a job in that field or in something else. A most urgent need is to find employment for the father. Anyone with job leads should contact RAMP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAMP volunteers have been busy helping the family with social services, medical needs, and education. The entire family has been undergoing intensive English as a Second Language instruction. There is an urgent and continuing need for more drivers, tutors and translators. Since the family does not drive, a RAMP volunteer must take them to all of their appointments. Translators also are needed on a regular basis for all their interactions with social service agencies, doctors, dentists, etc. Volunteers in these areas may contact RAMP at email@example.com on the website at www.rampnj.org.
Finally, a dinner is planned for April 1 at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship to meet and honor the family. More details will be forthcoming.
January, 2017 – Syrian refugees settle into their new home (long) (PDF)
January, 2017 – Syrian refugees settle into their new home (short) (PDF)
November 24, 2016 – News Article on First Thanksgiving for Syrian family in Morris
October 31, 2016 – Refugee Assistance Morris Partners ready to sponsor one or more refugee families (PDF)