26Jun2022

SCM Medical Missions

Contacts

3806 Whitman Ave N
Seattle WA 98103

info@scmmedicalmissions

+1 206-545-7307

Category: Community Service

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Madaba Distribution

On March 28, 2021 SCM had a distribution event from our warehouse there. We handed out blankets and quilts, and clothing to refugee families. Thank you again for your continued support, and especially to Quilts Beyond Borders for sending us the wonderful quilts distributed to the refugee children. Not only are these quilts practical and keep the children warm at night, but they are so colorful they add a bit of cheer to those who receive them.

Our next container is leaving soon for Lebanon, so if you are local (Seattle area) and have anything you want to donate, please bring it to us by Wednesday April 7th. We are in need of used computer laptops or tablets that are cleared of all data or reset to original configuration and either have the password or are ready to set up for a new user. Please deliver to our office by April 7th – 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle WA 98103. Call if you have any questions – 206-545-7307.

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SCM Update for May 2020

SCM is committed to serving communities of color around the US. Be they Syrian, Iraqi, Afghani, or black, we believe that all people have the right to freedom and dignity, and we are doing our part to drive this change. With your help we have been doing pretty well as we work with Syrian refugees with tools and opportunities to build brighter futures, we seek the same for other marginalized communities. Thank you for all your help in getting this done, without you we would not be able to do anything.

Here is what we did in May with your help:

  • Provide $20,450 in rent assistance for resettled refugees in Washington state
  • Provide $3200 in utility bill assistance for resettled refugees in Washington state
  • Paid $1200 in air ticket loans for some of the refugee families (they must sign a promissory note for the airline tickets in order to travel to the US from wherever they were awaiting their asylum approval)
  • Sent $4000 to LGBTQ refugees in Serbia to help cover shelter, food, asylum application expenses
  • $3000 has been sent to Samos in Greece to help the refugees there with food, hygiene supplies and pest control
  • $2500 was sent Turkey for LGBTQ refugees living expenses
  • $20,000 in food aid during the month of Ramadan to refugees in Jordan
  • $10,000 to help with medicine and food inside Syria
  • We also did a clothing drive and collected 10,000 pounds of clothing that Goodwill pays us $.20 per pound. This money was turned into rental assistance.
  • We contacted farmers in eastern Washington, and they donated potatoes, onions, and apples to SCM. Over a two-day period, we were able to collect 1500 pounds for the Iraqi, Syrian, and Afghani refugees.

We want to thank you all for your generosity and assistance in May to help the refugees get by. This financial crisis for the refugees is not something that will be ending soon so we need to keep up our pace to continue helping them. With your assistance we will be able to do that.

We are getting more and more calls for help – one person gives our name to another person and that person passes it on to another person. We do check the validity of the requests, and the money is never given directly to the refugees but it is paid directly to the utility companies or to the landlords. We are also in contact with other organizations to make sure we are not double paying for anyone who might be getting some other kind of assistance that they also requested from us.

Looking forward, we are planning to send a container by the end of this month to Jordan. It will be filled with humanitarian goods and clothing we have been collecting since the beginning of this year. We have not been able to send it sooner because of the virus, so we will let everyone know when the container will be loaded and then we hope everyone will be able to come and help us load – wearing their mask and gloves and do the social distancing, of course!

So, thank you again everyone! We appreciate all your help and generosity. Stay healthy, wash your hands, wear a mask, and let’s keep on going and let’s make this a better world!

Thank you!

~Rita

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Food Distribution in Kerak

Our team received large donation to buy food for another 100 families! Food was ordered in bulk and delivered to our warehouse in Madaba for sorting and putting into parcels to easily hand out to the families receiving the food aid. The governor of the Kerak district came and picked up the food and helped us distribute it to the needy families in his region. We thank him for his support and work to identify the families in need, and we thank our donors for making this second distribution to hungry families in Jordan possible.

Enjoy our video and photo diary of the distribution:

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From the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs:

Dear Rita,

You are receiving this email because you are an important partner in helping inform communities across Seattle. Please feel free to forward this to your networks.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) and other City departments are working in close coordination with our partners at the local and state level to provide the most accurate information about COVID-19 from Public Health – Seattle & King County (Public Health)Washington State Department of Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By now, you have probably heard that Public Health has announced 14 confirmed cases of the illness in King County, with the situation rapidly evolving.

A few more important recommendations that Public Health wants to highlight is below. We have been working closely with Public Health to produce accurate translated information that you can help distribute to the communities you serve and/or are a part of. You can find the below information translated into: Amharic, Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese here: welcoming.seattle.gov/covid-19We will be producing additional translations as the week progresses.

  • The most important issue right now is to spread messages of calm that include facts. Panic will make this issue much worse.
  • The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have cough, fever, or other symptoms, call your regular doctor or nearby community clinic first. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency medical services need to serve the most critical needs first.
  • Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, you can also direct people to call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. This helpline is open from 6 AM-10 PM every day, and the operators there are able to connect with a third-party interpreter. The caller will need to be able to tell them in English what language they need for interpretation. Lastly, callers may experience long wait times.

Also, because of this recent outbreak, our community partners have decided to cancel a number of workshops and clinics and will reschedule them at a future date:

  1. March 4th Rainier Valley Food Bank Public Charge Information Session at the Columbia Branch of the Seattle Public Library
  2. March 7th CISC Public Charge Information Session at CISC
  3. March 21st ACRS and Korean Community Service Center Citizenship Clinic at the Lake City Community Center

We only know about event cancellations related to our programs. You can check seattle.gov/OIRA/publiccharge and newcitizencampaign.org for any updates on further cancellations. We also recommend following OIRA’s social media profiles here:

twitter.com/iandraffairs
facebook.com/iandraffairs

Lastly, I also wanted to let you know that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Seattle Field Office Facility has instructed that all individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms should proactively reschedule any USCIS appointment(s).

Appointments will be rescheduled if the individual:

  • Is experiencing any flu-like symptoms (such as runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, or  fever); OR
  • Was in China within 14 days of the appointment; OR
  • Believes may have been exposed to COVID-19 (even if individual has not been in China recently).

USCIS adds that appointments will be rescheduled without penalty when the individual is healthy.

Please look out for each other and thanks for all you do!

Cuc

Cuc Vu
Director
Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

t  206.727.8515
seattle.gov/iandraffairs
facebook  /iandraffairs
twitter    @iandraffairs

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SCM Helping to Protect Children from Flu and Coronavirus

Last week SCM, in cooperation with a Jordanian company called S.H.I.E.L.D., held an event at the Jordan Children’s Museum in Amman. S.H.I.E.L.D. sanitized the whole museum, which is around 9000 square meters, using their new preventive sanitation technologies to help protect visitors from flu and other viruses such as the coronavirus.

After the sanitizing was complete, 56 orphan children aging from 4 to 12 years old were hosted to educate them about the coronavirus, its symptoms, how to protect themselves and how to properly clean and sanitize their hands. They also got to see how clean their hands were using UV light.

They then spent some time in the museum and enjoyed educational and entertaining interactive games. SCM distributed some teddy bears and stuffed animals to all the kids, and then we provided lunch after the event.

Thank you to S.H.I.E.L.D for partnering with SCM on this project and we look forward to doing similar events in the future to teach the children proper hygiene, especially in this time of heightened awareness of the coronavirus and the cold and flu season in general.

If you would like to support this campaign to educate children, especially the refugee children and orphan children living in crowded conditions where illness can spread quickly, please donate. We will be cooperating with S.H.I.E.L.D. again on future events around Jordan to help keep the children healthy.

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Next Container to Jordan: end of February 2020

Happy New Year to all! We now have a time frame for our next container to Jordan: end of February. The exact date will be posted in a few weeks, but you can begin gathering and donating the needed items now. As always, bring new or clean and good condition items to our office during office hours (M-Th, 8am – 5pm). If you need to drop off at a different time, just contact us to make arrangements. Please do not leave anything outside the front door as it will get rained on and possibly ruined.

Here are the needs for this container:

  1. warm clothing – all sizes and for men, women, children
  2. back packs
  3. school supplies – pens, pencils, pencil cases, erasers, rulers, etc
  4. rubber rain boots
  5. towels
  6. blankets – warm, thick
  7. plastic mats for the floor due to wet conditions in the tents
  8. collapsible jugs for carrying water – 1 to 5 gallon size
  9. sleeping bags
  10. tarps
  11. hot water bottles
  12. heaters – kerosene not electric
  13. paint supplies for school and local artists – brushes, palettes, canvas, drawing pads, etc
  14. pajamas for all ages, child and adult

We will have an Amazon Wish List for most of these items, and they will be sent directly to our office in Seattle. If you want to order something not on the Amazon list, you can do so and have it sent to our office: SCM 3806 Whitman Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103.

Thank you for your continued support!