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Refugee cooks prepare food in the First Parish kitchen

Food Initiatives to Support Haitian Refugees

When LexRAP president Bruce Neumann suggested that LexRAP find a way to enable the Haitian refugees housed in Lexington to cook for themselves, volunteers Jilana Abrams, Babs Freedman, and Ethan Kiczek eagerly stepped up. What was needed was a kitchen where families could prepare food and take it back to where they were staying.

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Update on Migrants at the Lexington Shelter 

In our last newsletter, I updated our faithful followers about work we were involved with in supporting  30 migrant families living in Lexington.  This work has continued and expanded, and the coalition of which we are a part has shown itself to be a dedicated and resourceful team, accomplishing a remarkable amount for a leaderless group, many of whom had not met before engaging in this work.

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Meet LexRAP Volunteer Jilana Abrams

LexRAP volunteer Jilana Abrams, who has been working with LexRAP for six years, relocated to Lexington from Martha’s Vineyard 13 years ago. On the island, she raised her four children and ran a successful bed & breakfast. She retired when family brought her back to the mainland. She and her husband Alan, a doctor, have been blessed with six grandchildren. In addition to volunteering, Jilana enjoys cooking, tennis, gardening, and her pet parrot Quincy.

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