Miry's List is a movement of neighbors and friends dedicated to welcoming new arrival refugee families into our community.

 
 

Our Work

Refugee families come to the United States, seeking a safe haven from violence and persecution in their home countries. They leave behind family and friends, as well as virtually everything they own. Many Americans, seeing these families in their communities, wonder: What can I do to help? Miry's List provides a mechanism for people to directly help new refugee families with the things that they need to get started in their new lives -- from diapers to beds to cleaning supplies and toiletries.  

Our Approach

Miry's List uses crowdsourcing and social media to connect people like you, who want to help, with new refugee families who have needs that are not completely met by the organizations that sponsor them. Each family has unique needs -- some have small children, elderly grandparents, or members with disabilities.  So each family has a unique "list" of supplies that they need to get started. Here's how it works:

  • We hear of a newly arrived refugee family and go meet them in their first home -- typically a scantily furnished (or unfurnished!) apartment, or even a motel room.

  • Working with the family (and often a translator), a volunteer listmaker constructs a list of items, prioritized by need.

  • This list is published as an Amazon Wishlist to make it available to generous donors who want to help by purchasing specific items for specific families. The items are then sent directly to the families.

  • Take a look at The Lists now to see the families we are currently helping, and to help fulfill their lists! It's that simple to help a new refugee family.

We also support refugee families through delivery of donated furniture and other large items, and special events like the New Arrival Supper Club.

Our Impact

  • Over 60 family lists completed as of February 2017 with new lists added every week.

  • More than 1,000 donors have purchased items through our lists in the past 6 months.

  • First New Arrival Supper Club sold out, attended by 42 guests, as well as reporters and photographers from NBC News and LA Magazine.

  • Dozens of in-person supply deliveries of donated items in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

  • More than 50 volunteer listmakers, translators, drivers, and family advocates serving our families every day.

  • Over 100 playdates, birthday parties, English lessons, family dinners, shopping trips, school visits and doctor visits arranged between new arrival families and their new neighbors, enabling ice-breaking and bonding opportunities.

How We Started

It all began with a Jumperoo...

Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar, a stay at home mom with a background in social media marketing, accidentally met a family of new arrival refugees from Syria. Having children of the same age, they felt an instant connection between them.

Miry's very first list was posted on her personal Facebook page to collect basic childcare and household supplies for the family. Two week is all it took to crowdsource and deliver all the items needed to turn the new arrival family's house into a home. Invigorated and inspired by the impact her list had for this family, Miry set out to meet more new arrival families in hope of helping them in a similar way. 

To read the whole story, click here.

 
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