Dear Jubilee Friends,
As I follow the war in Ukraine from afar in horror, I particularly worry about people with disabilities in Ukraine. These vulnerable people are often sadly overlooked in times of war. In Ukraine, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are still supported in large institutions. I am reminded of how things were in the 1950’s in the U.S. when many people with disabilities had limited options and lived in large institutions.
We have learned that as employed caregivers in these institutions leave to fend for themselves and their families, many people with disabilities are now in desperate situations. For most people with intellectual disabilities and families it’s not possible to leave the warzone. For many, it’s not even possible to hide in shelters because they are not accessible. There is severe lack of basic supplies including medicines, hygiene products, and other necessary items.
It is my honor to share with you that Jubilee is supporting both the Inclusion Europe (Ukriane Fund) and the L’Arche Emergency Fund. Their team in Poland is preparing to welcome L’Arche Ukraine community members and other people with disabilities as they flee the conflict. I am so proud to be part of an organization that looks after not only our own community, but also extends a hand to others in need.