The Freedom Inn
Welcome to Freedom Inn: CFI Renames House for Burma’s Refugees
CFI has and continues to be blessed with many resources which are used to support persecuted Karen and Karenni Christians in Burma and Thailand. But it has only been in the past several years, as thousands of refugees have fled to America, that the challenge to assist them has taken on a new direction.
Dozens of Burma’s refugees have relocated – either temporarily or permanently – right in CFI’s town of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Even as an army of volunteers helps to provide everything from food and clothing to jobs and education assistance, one significant need has always been adequate housing for these individuals and families.
A few years ago, CFI attempted to meet this need by opening the Freedom House Motel, a place which was renovated and designed to serve as safe, affordable, temporary apartment housing for refugees while they assimilate to life in the United States. Since the motel opened its doors, many of its residents have enjoyed fellowship with one another while also benefiting from the support and loving mentorship of their new American neighbors, who have taught them how to shop for groceries, manage finances, use public transportation, and even speak English.
The motel has been an incredibly successful part of a decade-long ministry to Burma’s persecuted church, which is why CFI is pleased to announce a new, improved (and well received) name for the house: the Freedom Inn.
CFI is looking forward to helping many more refugees establish new lives filled with hope, peace and prosperity in the United States, and encourages everyone who is willing and able to help with this monumental effort to get involved. Whether it’s donating food and clothing or even just the simple donation of time and friendship, there is much that can be done for persecuted refugees who have sought asylum in America.