Our family moved into their home on Saturday. Refugee Services prepared us for a day of chaotic madness and an all round raukus of lifting heavy furniture and household items. Thankfully, it wasn’t too overwhelming. In fact was quite fun! My team mates arrived earlier to catch the flow of a lounge suite, dining suite and a queen-sized bed that came in dribs and drabs.
I followed up behind the Refugee Services delivery van after they picked up an old single bed of ours.
It is SO great to see generosity of many different people in action. I’m grateful for the mountains of bedding, crockery and all sorts that my church family and friends have been flinging in my direction. It’s wonderful to see donated heaters, electronics and other homeware gone to good use.
Our family is settling into their house well and it’s lovely to see them in their own space. Although, the first day of the move, they didn’t quite feel ready to move in. They ended up staying Mama’s brother’s home until Monday!
Over the next month Jess, Mon and I will take turns visiting them regularly to make sure they can create a sense of normality in NZ. Tomorrow Mon will be taking them to their first of many WINZ appointments. The end goal is for them to receive a grant for a new fridge and washing machine. It was my job to run around different department stores getting quotes of whiteware for their WINZ appointment. Quite an eye-opener on negotiating and comparing prices for expensive items.
With large amounts of sign-language and laughter, here’s hoping the appointment goes well!