Immigration Ministry: Request for Household Goods
We are beginning to collect household items to furnish the apartment into which the family will eventually settle. At this time we are asking for kitchen and tableware that is in good condition, including pots and pans, plates, flatware, cooking utensils, etc. If you have something used or new to donate, please contact Nancy F. She will let you know if the items that you have to give are needed or have already been donated. Nancy can be reached at: [email protected] or 781-420-3282. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
We Continue to search for long-term housing for the refugee family that we have pledged to support on behalf of our MUUC community. It has been quite a challenge due to the size of the family and the high cost of housing in our area. Please keep on the look out for possible leads to aid us in this search.
Your Immigration Ministry Team,
Dear MUUC Community,
Thank you for voting in support of an Immigration Ministry. Our small group has been very busy exploring opportunities to support refugees and have already taken action toward this goal. Now is the time for us to report what we have learned and share with you what we as a community can do to aid refugees in our area.
We have partnered with the Refugee Immigration Ministry (click for RIM website: www.r-i-m.net) in Malden which offers many programs for our church members to participate in both individually and collectively. They include: teaching English (ESL) classes, mentoring individuals to prep for job interviews, detention center visits, and Cluster participation.
We have joined the Metro North Cluster, a group of churches, civic orgs and individuals associated with RIM who work together as a group to sponsor specific individuals and families seeking asylum and refugee status. This support is both financial and emotional. The financial support is made possible through the donations of Cluster member organizations/churches and Cluster sponsored fund raisers.
As a member of the Metro North Cluster, we have jumped in to support a beautiful family seeking asylum from political violence and personal trauma from a country in Africa. This family arrived with a few hundred dollars and the clothes on their backs. After being at the airport for many hours, they managed to buy bus tickets to Boston and eventually found refuge at a church. The family remained at the church, which had no living facilities for about one month, before being taken in, temporarily, by a local family.
At this point they have food, boots, warm clothing, sheets, towels and more, all due to the generosity and love shown by our Cluster. They have also been assigned an immigration lawyer and will soon be registering for school. Finding and funding long-term housing is an urgent need.
We are asking our MUUC for monetary donations to support this family. Our donations will go into the Metro North Cluster account at RIM and will be used specifically to shelter and support this loving family.
We also encourage you to participate in the programs that RIM offers to new immigrants.
Please reach out to us to learn more about the RIM programs. We also invite you to join the Immigration Ministry.
Many thanks from the Immigration Ministry Team,
Reverend Susanne Intriligator
(Updated January 26, 2019)