DSC_0125About Glocal Community Partners

The local world of Boise is now made up of a global community of more than 15,000 people who have come as refugees within the last two decades. Our New American neighbors have come from all over the world and bring with them a tremendous diversity of cultures, language and religions, but who share the common journey of persecution, escape and survival. They are people who cannot go home or are afraid to go home because of persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality or particular social group.

Some of the greatest battles faced by these survivors are fear, loneliness, trauma, and the loss of family and community.  So it is not surprising that experiencing friendship and a sense of belonging plays such a vital role in the process of adjustment and healing.

Isn’t this a great opportunity for the church to reach out to the world at our doorsteps building friendships based on mutual care, trust and hospitality?

Glocal Community Partners is a non-profit ministry of Cole Community Church whose mission is to mobilize, train and connect volunteers with our New American neighbors in friendship. We have found that these friendships are not only an important to the process of the healing and the integration, but the are they enrich the lives of those who have the privilege of getting involved.

How do you get involved? 

Become a ‘Glocal Friend’


One way to get involved is becoming part of Glocal Friends.  Every Glocal Friend will receive training and be matched with a refugee family.  This can be a team of people, a couple or an individual.

The matching of a Glocal Friends with a refugee family will be done in partnership with one of the resettlement agencies in Boise – International Rescue Committee (IRC) or Agency for New Americans (ANA) with the primary purpose of just building friendships!

Friendships are such an important part of the process of healing and adjusting to a new life in America. Please consider becoming a Glocal Friend!

What are other ways to get involved? 

Become a ‘Glocal Helper’


For those that are not ready or able to commit to being a Glocal Friend, there are many bite-size things to be done to help meet the needs of a person, family or several families. Help is often needed with tutoring English, drive to medical appointments, take shopping, teach cooking on an electric stove, help to prepare for a job, and preparing “Welcome to America Packs” to help our new American friends with some of the basic needs for setting up house. And there are many other ways to help!

 What are “Welcome to America Packs? 

Put together “Welcome to America Packs”

As an individual or as part of a group, you can be part of putting together “Welcome to America Packs”. What are “Welcome to America Packs”?

Putting together “Welcome to America Packs” is a practical way to help newly arrived refugee families or refugee families in need. Many of the items do not need to be new, but can be gently used items in good condition.

General Household Pack

8 Light bulbs




Scotch Tape

Paper Clips



Book of Stamps




Small Tool Kit



Bathroom Pack

4 Bath Towels

4 Washcloths

Shower Curtain with hooks

4 Bars of Soap*

2 Bottles of Shampoo*

1 Bottle of Hand Lotion*

2 Boxes of Kleenex*


4 Tooth Brushes*

2 Tubes of Toothpaste*

Deodorant (Men & Women)*

15 Disposable Razors*

Box of Feminine Supplies*

4 Rolls of Toilet Paper*

Small Trashcan


Kitchen Pack

8 Plates/bowls and cups

8 Forks/knives and spoons

8 Drinking glasses

Set of Mixing/Serving Bowls

Set of Pots and Pans

Rice Cooker

Set of Cooking Utensils

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Tea Kettle



Set of Sharp Knives

Manual Can Opener

Cutting Board

Aluminum Foil*

Plastic Wrap*

Kitchen Towels

Dish Cloths

Baking Pans

Plastic Containers for Storage


Cleaning Pack

All Purpose Cleaner Spray*

Bottle of Dish Detergent*

Box of Dishwasher Soap*

Bathroom/Kitchen Cleanser*

Tall Kitchen Trashcan

Box of Tall Trash Bags*

2 Sponges with Scrubby Side*


Broom/Dust Pan

Laundry Soap*

Laundry Basket

2 Paper Towel Rolls*

Toilet Brush*


Bedroom Pack

Warm Blankets: 1 Full, 2 Twin

Sheets/Pillowcases: 1 Full, 2 Twin

4 Bed Pillows *



Alarm Clock/Radio

25 Hangars

Fun/Misc. Pack

World Map

Map of US

Map of Boise


American Flag



Prepaid International Calling Card

Pictures for Walls

English Dictionary

English Picture Dictionary

Backpack/Satchel/or Briefcase


Child & Baby Supply Pack


Pens, Pencils, Erasers

Crayons/Coloring Pens/Pencils

2 Children’s Picture Books





Diapers and Wet Wipes – Variety of Sizes

Baby Lotion

Baby Shampoo


First Aide Kit



Tylenol – Adult*

Tylenol – Child*

Antiseptic Spray*

Antibacterial Ointment*

*Anything disposable must be NEW!

RefugeesWelcomeinIdahoAdvocate for Refugees

Did you enjoy meeting your refugee neighbors today?

Tell your representatives what you think refugees contribute to Boise and Idaho:

Governor Otter: Governor@gov.idaho.gov, (208) 334-2100

Sen. Mike Crapo:  http://www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm, (202) 224-6142

Sen. Jim Risch:  http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email, (202)-224-2752

Rep. Mike Simpson:  http://simpson.house.gov/contact/,  202-225-5531

Rep. Raul Labrador:   https://labrador.house.gov/email-me/,  (202) 225 – 6611