Resettle Our Afghan Neighbors

Many folks have been asking how Portage Chapel Hill Church is responding to the crisis in Afghanistan. The church's Faith In Action Team (FIAT) is working quickly to put together a plan of action. Here's how you can help:


  • A huge need is for affordable housing. Anyone who has housing available is asked to contact Afifa Thaj at 


  • Join our Action Team at Chapel Hill. We are looking for folks to join a team to co-sponsor settling some of our new Afghan neighbors in partnership with Bethany Christian Services. Previously this has looked like shepherding a resettled family through the moving transition with both tangible and emotional support. If you are interested in being part of this team please contact co-chairs Carolyn Pesheck at, or Joelle Ibanes at


  • Donate. There are a number of ways to donate both physical items and financial gifts. You can donate money to Chapel Hill with the note "Afghan Neighbors." Household items are being collected at People’s Church in Kalamazoo, First Congregational of Kalamazoo, and Prince of Peace Lutheran in Portage. It is best to call ahead to see what items are most needed OR arrange for a pick up of larger furniture. 

People's Church - 1758 10th St. N, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 - (269) 375-3262

First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo - 345 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 - (269) 343-1549

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - 1747 W. Milham Ave., Portage, MI 49024 - (269) 343-3453


This is a rapidly changing situation. Please keep an eye on The Voice weekly newsletter, Chapel Hill's Facebook page, and this website. If you have any questions please call the church office at (269) 327-6643 or email