And, it sure must be a welcome donation as the federal funds that most of the nine live off of are drying up.
For new readers see my July post where I gave a recent accounting of their funding.
One resettlement contractor featured in this story, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), is 99.5% funded by the federal government. Does this mean that the other .5% comes from the Mormon church and not Episcopalian worshipers?
Here is the story in the Deseret News:
SALT LAKE CITY — For a second straight year, the LDS Church has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine voluntary refugee resettlement agencies in the United States.
The $1.2 million in cash and $3.8 million in commodities or services will be used during 2018 by the nine charitable organizations, who have agreements with the State Department to provide reception and placement services for refugees who arrive in the United States.
Each organization will receive a different amount. Some are long-time partners of the church. Other relationships began in late 2015 or during 2016.
Here is what the LDS Church gave to the Episcopal Church (EMM has no separate non-profit legal structure):
“Episcopal Migration Ministries and our 22 affiliate partners are deeply grateful for the generosity and support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” one said in a statement provided to the Deseret News. “With a gift of $50,000 cash and $200,000 in-kind donations, the LDS Church has donated $500,000 combined (cash and in-kind) to Episcopal Migration Ministries since 2016. In addition, they are working with the Episcopal Migration Ministries team to create a strategic media plan to broaden outreach.”
Frankly I don’t get it, we have stories from Utah (other states with large Mormon populations) about struggling refugees, why doesn’t the LDS Church keep their money closer to home and help refugees directly.
Don’t miss this recent story about refugees living in Utah who say they want to go home to the camps in Africa!
I guess the Mormon church would rather contribute to CEO salaries of the big nine*** some ranging from in the $200,000’s up to nearly $600,000.
***Here (below) are the big nine ‘non-profit’ organizations that monopolize all refugee resettlement in the US. The six ‘religious’ contractors are part of the politically active Religious Left. I’m wondering if the LDS Church wants in on the action.
But, truthfully readers, there will be no lasting reform of the refugee program in the US until this contracting system is abolished. The President can reduce numbers for awhile, but these nine receiving the majority of their funding from taxpayers and then acting as Leftwing community organizers (holding rallies, ginning up bad publicity against the President) must go and that will require Congress to rewrite refugee law.
- Church World Service (CWS)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- World Relief Corporation (WR)