Click here to watch the presentation.

For years, Belmonters have made friends and shared experiences with many people from all over the world. Belmont UMC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program has introduced us to new friends and new cultures, enriching all of our lives. Among the students that ESL teachers, Jane Dubose and Dick Bowers, currently have is Ukrainian Sasha Gorkovenko. Sasha and her husband were to return to Ukraine about the time Russia invaded their home country. Although they had already shipped their possessions, they were unable to return home.

On Thursday, May 19, Sasha and Ukrainian friends, Oksana and Olesia, were featured in a live-streamed presentation, sponsored by Belmont’s United Women in Faith. Click here to watch the presentation.  Jane Dubose, who has been instrumental in arranging this event, will guide a conversation about the effect of the war on Ukrainian people here and families in their home country. We are limited in the ways we can offer help to the people of Ukraine, but we can hold them in our hearts and minds by hearing their stories.

Here's how you can help:

UMCOR – assistance for Ukranian refugees and more

United Methodist News story on aid efforts

Assistance groups recommended by Sasha

  • Medical Assistance

  • Sergiy Prytula Charity Foundation – humanitarian aid for Ukranians

  • Zgraya – provides aid for Ukranians fighting in the eastern part of the country -

  • Gostomel animal shelter near Kiev – bombed by Russian troops, resulting in the loss of many animals