Refugee Resettlement Committee


Every year dozens of refugee families arrive in Salt Lake City carrying the remnants of their former lives crammed into suitcases. Thanks to members of the First Unitarian Church, the new arrivals sleep in furnished apartments on their first night in Utah. To continue to provide this essential humanitarian service, the re-settlement team needs help. Whether it is one hour washing a load of towels or three hours moving furniture, opportunity to assist abounds. Got a van or pick-up truck? (We need you.) Can you install and washer and dryer? (We can use you.) Are you software savvy? (We need you now!) Will you mentor a refugee family? (The need is great.) We are an equal-opportunity organization, and we will find a way for you to help. Contact Ron Anderson,, or Andrea Globokar, You’ll be glad you did!

We accept donations of new and gently used items to distribute to the families supported by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Donated items can be dropped off at the First Unitarian Church (behind the stage in the Little Chapel). For larger items, contact Ron Anderson (801-486-3930) or Andrea Globokar (801-518-7461) to arrange a pickup. Email at

ITEMS NEEDED on an on-going basis:
• Sofas (no hide-a-beds), love seats, chairs
• Dining room tables and chairs
• Lamps, coffee tables, end tables
• Sheets (twin, double, queen), blankets, towels, kitchen towels, potholders, tablecloths, placemats, table runners
• Kitchen supplies (dishes, serving dishes, trays, flatware, flatware storage trays, utensils, glasses, pots and pans, dish drainers, food storage containers, mixing bowls)
• Small appliances (coffee grinders, food processors, mixers, microwaves, radios, clocks)
• Wall art, knickknacks
• High quality toys that do not require English skills

We DO NOT take:
• Mattresses, box springs, bed pillows, bed frames
• Clothing, books
• Vacuum cleaners, TVs older than 10 years, washers and dryers older than 10 years
• Sound systems, VCRs, computer components, telephones, cameras
• Large entertainment centers
• Wine glasses

While meeting the material needs of newly arrived refugees, we also want to honor the first UU Principle “to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person” by giving them items that are in very good to excellent condition. No dents, wobbles, stains, tears, frayed edges, pet hair, pet odor, missing pieces.