Benefit Concert to Help Resettle Refugees

Barclay Brass Plays Church of the Reformation Plaza June 13

Lutheran Church of the Reformation Senior Pastor Michael Wilker and Good Neighbors Project Co-Chair Kathryn Tobias examine the copy of the Honorary Resolution presented to their congregation on Feb. 25th for work with Good Neighbors.

The Barclay Brass, one of Washington’s most renowned musical ensembles, will perform on Sunday, June 13 at 3 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 E. Capitol St. NE).

It’s a Benefit Concert to celebrate the launch of the Good Neighbors Capitol Hill Refugee Education Initiative and mark completion of the 60th apartment it has been furnished for refugee families newly entering the US.

Since 2016, a coalition of eight Capitol Hill congregations plus volunteers from around the DMV have fully furnished upwards of sixty apartments as well as helped new arrivals (mostly from Afghanistan) learn English, qualify for employment, obtain drivers’ licenses, and navigate the challenges of adapting to a new culture.

Proceeds from the concert will pay for technical training needed to enable our new neighbors to qualify for better paying jobs.