C.A.R.E Club is our weekly outreach event to the community. We serve a hot, healthy meal for dinner and provide a support system for those who come. We believe growth, in all forms, comes through relationships. CARE groups meet during CARE Club for 10-15 minutes where they discuss issues related to adjusting to a new life in America and life lessons that will result in flourishing. Recently, we discussed topics like communication, eye contact, and the importance of saying “please” and “thank you”.
Some students bring homework where they can get help and the adults who come get to have an English lesson after eating.
We have several things we say often to the group like, “Respect 3 things! What are those 3 things?” “Respect yourself, others, and property!”
We also ask everyone, “Why do we have CARE Club?” The answer, “Because we care for you!”
C.A.R.E. stands for: Connect with others | Aspirations | Respect | Emotional health
Each week our conversation and small group is guided by these themes. We always start small groups with saying what we are grateful for the previous week. Contact us if you want to come and serve and be a part of C.A.R.E. club.
Throughout the pandemic, so many in the community were asking each week when they could come to C.A.R.E. Club again. They were very excited when we were able to restart our weekly event in August!
One of our mantras at CARE club is “We care for you!” We believe many in the immigrant community need to be reminded of this on an ongoing basis and that so many of us want to see them succeed. Further, providing a consistent presence and routine is always important for those who have experienced trauma and instability to grow in resilience. Refugees from numerous religious backgrounds come to CARE club. Our goal is to provide a safe and secure space for refugees to share a meal, have conversations, nurture relationships, and enjoy activities.
Students who bring their homework can get help and adults who come have an opportunity to practice their English. Soccer games happen each week!
CARE CLUB Values:
Community | Empowerment | Connection | Transformation
CARE CLUB Vision: Provide a consistent safe, secure environment for refugees to gather Provide a hot, free, and healthy meal Provide creative activities for children to engage with Provide English conversation practice for adults Provide tutoring to students who bring their homework Provide community building through music, singing, and storytelling Provide volunteers an opportunity to engage with multiple cultures and meet the refugee community
Dr. Bill Crabtree has been actively involved with Migros Aid since its inception serving as a volunteer and then as Chair of the Migros Aid Board. He is Recently retired from the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Crabtree shares,
‘Sometimes when doing God’s work I wonder if I am making a difference…. When volunteering for our Migros Aid refugee ministry I don’t have that problem…I know that everything I do makes a difference…whether it’s helping a 3rd grader from Somalia with her math homework, sharing the creation story with a middle school girl from Nepal or giving a “high 5” to a husband and father from Syria when he passes his driving test! Oftentimes, just by the power of our presence… they know that there is not only a God in heaven but also one in the “here and now” that loves and cares for them…It just doesn’t get any better!”
Dr. Crabtree is looking forward to increasing his involvement with Migros by spending more time mentoring and working in the Migros Aid community garden.
When one thinks of issues of injustice and poverty and sees those who struggle, we can be left to feel hopeless and feel that we can never make a difference. When we read statistics of global migration and the millions of refugees that live in the world, it makes us throw our arms up and want to give up.
However, when we show up and engage and meet one person who might be in a hard place, change is possible. This is what Migros Aid is about.
We can get lost in strategy, budgets, and planning – although this is important- we want to empower one life at a time. Our value and vision is a relationship.
We do this through our weekly Homework club (tutoring) and weekly CARE Club. We do this through Migros Mentors who connect with a family to be a friend and help guide along the way.
We had our final C.A.R.E. Club on December 19, 2019. This was the final session for session #1. We were so encouraged to have 98 students participate in our first session of C.A.R.E. Club in 2019.
The session was 23 weeks (August – December). We met each week and shared a meal, broke into small groups, and then had activities for students to engage with. We developed a values-based curriculum with the letters of C.A.R.E. guiding teaching and conversation: (Communication, Aspirations, Respect, Empowerment)
We had 3 vans that operate and transport those who come. The adults who come practice their English.
We were able to distribute backpacks that were filled with a gift and practical items and a Bible. We gave over 84 on December 19!
Please pray for the lives of the refugee students we are investing in and for 2020. Please contact us if you want to get involved.