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

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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

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LexRAP volunteer Olivia White

Meet LexRAP Volunteer Olivia White

Olivia supports LexRAP primarily through her involvement with communications. She organizes content and creates weekly posts for the Facebook page. She also generates drafts of the monthly LexRAP newsletter. Last spring, Olivia participated in the development of the new website; she continues to upload stories

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Marcie Glad

Meet LexRAP Volunteer Marcie Glad

Volunteer Marcie Glad, who moved to the Boston area nine years ago from Utah, now lives in Medford. She found out about LexRAP from a social media contact who is himself a Syrian asylum seeker here on a student visa.

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LexRAP volunteers posed for a picture

Volunteer Appreciation Event

LexRAP is a 100% volunteer organization. Our volunteers are the lifeblood and foundation of all that we do. On September 30, the large and growing universe of LexRAP volunteers was formally appreciated at a gathering organized by the LexRAP committee on outreach and community building.

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Three boys with their bikes

The Bike Connector Story

Three Afghani teenagers who picked up bikes earlier this year.  Whee! I had no idea it was so much fun!  That is what my daughter cried out the first time she learned to ride a bicycle! While that may not be quite the experience of

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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

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An Interview with Mustafa Abo-Tabik

An Interview with Mustafa Abo-Tabik​

Mustafa Abo-Tabik lives in Lexington with his brother, sister-in-law and young neice. When the Covid lock down started, he reached out helping hands and offered his services as a food shopper for folks before all the stores started expanded delivery. He is now enrolled at

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Babs’ Story

Working with this family has been amazing.  At the beginning their need was so great. We were there at every school meeting, all communications, doctor’s visits, etc. Every year they became more and more independent.  

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