The First Unitarian Church of Providence held a vote and decided to become a Sanctuary Church. They are currently the only church in Rhode Island known to be close to being able to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants threatened with deportation by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under new rules promulgated by President Donald Trump.

In order to build a living space on church property, First Unitarian is asking for donations to install a shower, replace the current sink and plumbing in the room, add a counter top to the kitchen area, and install a lock on the door. All told the church needs to raise $7500.

Here’s a link to the donation page:

Help Us Build Sanctuary

“If for some reason we are not able to fulfill our goal of becoming a sanctuary church, we will donate any unused funds to another sanctuary project in our area,” said the church Sanctuary organizers.

[Katherine Ahlquist, who is a member of First Unitarian Church of Providence and on the Sanctuary Committee, is married to this reporter.]

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