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November 15, 2019

The FPCL Refugee Services Committee is requesting donations through Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) to support a surge of Afghan refugees in the Bay Area. Please contact Larry Fried ( regarding donations.

The recent JFCS message about the Refuge Surge can be found by clicking here.

An Amazon wish list of household gifts can be found by clicking here.

Other items of interest are:

Furniture: like-new condition requested
- Beds and bed frames - twin, full or queen size
- Bunk bed sets -- on the less-bulky side
- dining tables and matching chairs
- small dressers
- coffee tables
- lamps
- electric fans

Household items in like-new condition:
- plate, dish or glass sets
- silverware and cooking utensils
- pots and pans
- blenders, toaster ovens, crock pots, electric tea kettles
- microwaves
- flat screen tv's
- small lamps
- baby strollers, port-a-cribs, car seats

Jewish Family Community Services does not take clothing or linen donations, nor children's toys.

Weda Family Reception a Wonderful Success

wedafamThank you to the more than 40 people who came to room F5 on March 4 to meet and greet the Weda family from Afghanistan. The Refugee Services Committee of FPCL appreciates the show of support for and interest in this delightful family! Fardeen (the father) gave a brief overview of the circumstances that brought him and his family to the USA and took questions from the audience. It was a very informative experience! The Weda family appreciates the many donations of toys, diapers, food, etc. they received from attendees. If you would like to continue to support the family, they can always use Lucky gift cards and size 4 diapers. They also appreciate visits and the chance to practice developing English skills. Please contact Phil Dean at if you’d like to help in some way.

Sheri Fried, Refugee Services Committee member


Past Refugee Services Committee Update

The Refugee Services Committee of FPCL is pleased to announce that the Weda family, for whom we are the primary support, is settling in very well to their new life in America. The father, Fardeen, has passed his written exam at the DMV and has had a session with a driving instructor to practice the difference between Oakland and Kabul traffic. He is scheduled for a driving test in late February. In the meantime, he has taught himself how to navigate public transportation, enrolled in twice a week ESL classes, and secured a job! He works at Rainin, a small manufacturer of lab pipettes, in Oakland as a warehouse contractor. This is similar to work he did in Afghanistan. He is looking forward to getting his drivers’ license so that he can pursue a job as a delivery driver, which he also did in Kabul. The mother, Fariba, has enrolled in ESL classes that meet five days a week and that provide childcare for their son, Adil, and their daughter, Ada. She is eager to practice her English and would welcome visitors willing to engage in conversational English with her. Most of their material needs have been met, but they would like a small dresser (max. width 28 inches, max. height 42 inches. If anyone has one that they would like to donate, please contact either Fred Bahr at or Phil Dean at Additionally, the Tri-Valley Refugee Task Force, of which FPCL is a part, has welcomed another family from Afghanistan. The Shafiqi family lives in Oakland and consists of father Safiulla, wife Shazia, and six children ranging in age from 13 to 4. Their needs are many. While FPCL primarily focuses on the Weda family at this time, if anyone is willing to assist the Shafiqi family, they may contact Fred or Phil at the above email addresses to inquire how.

Sheri Fried, RSC member