Swarms of people in the UK are “Overwhelming” an established Christian charity called the Boaz Trust, by signing up to volunteer as roommates for refugees that are in need of housing. This Manchester group has been collecting volunteer calls from places like Edinburgh and Gloucester.
It may seem otherworldly, but this European movement was started by Finnish Prime Minister, Juha Sipilä, who opened up his home in Kempele to shelter refugees. Because he is currently serving Helsinki, he decided to give use to the Kempele home, in an unexpected, yet applaud-worthy way.
This humanitarian movement is spreading throughout Germany, Iceland, Austria and many other countries, helping asylum seekers from all over the world find shelters in nations they long to call home. With current political affairs shaking up grounds in different places of the world, it is programs like these that can truly change the course of history.
From people in their middle-class homes, to government appointed Prime Ministers, this movement is sure to make an outstanding impact in the lives of many people, as it is gaining momentum every day.
Immigrating to a new country and culture is proven to be one of the most rigorous tasks a person (or family) can endure. However, with the help of the community, the housing crisis can be diminished. We all know it is necessary to have a stable home in order to find a job, unfortunately this works in the reverse order as well, many times leaving refugees sleeping in the streets and under bridges. It truly takes a helping hand for people to settle into a new country, and a simple secure address can help families get off their feet.
It is inspiring and heartwarming to see how citizens are opening up their own homes for complete strangers who just want better opportunities. Prime Minister Sipilä told broadcaster YLE “I hope this becomes some kind of people’s movement that will inspire many to shoulder part of the burden in this refugee housing crisis,” and indeed it has!
This is the sort of compassion that keeps the world moving, and our species evolving.