Contact Rod Paolini.

UUCF and the UU Congregation of Sterling (UUCS) are co-sponsoring a refugee family in 2016 as part of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of the National Capital Area Refugee Resettlement Program. The family from Afghanistan – a widow and her two children, ages 13 and 10 – moved into their new home in October 2016.

The sponsorship includes helping to fund and provide food, clothing, housing, furniture, household items, transportation and other essentials to welcome and help the family become acclimated to the Northern Virginia community. UUCF/UUCS will likely be assigned a family of six or fewer members in the fall of 2016. Once the assignment is made, the congregations’ volunteer teams will have several weeks to make most of the arrangements necessary to welcome the family. UUCF will need many more committed volunteers on the teams listed below to successfully co-sponsor the family. If you are interested in working on this project, please read the documents below to understand the process better. If you are still interested, please contact Rod Paolini.

See below for recent project meeting minutes.


More than 50 volunteers have signed up to provide goods or help the family in a variety of ways. Please contact the team leaders below to volunteer your time and support.

Donate money

To donate money, mail a check to Rich Sider, UUCF, P.O. Box 130, Vienna, VA 22124. Write refugee resettlement on the memo line.

LSS Refugee Resettlement Information


Wondering whether helping one refugee family will really make a difference? Here are some resources to help you decide: