Enjoy this 6 minute short video capturing the highlights of 2020 and the impact in the city to the immigrant, refugee community.
Please continue to pray for our efforts through 2021.
Throughout this year of a global pandemic, many have struggled to stay employed and pay rent- facing the real possibility of eviction. The immigrant, refugee communities comprise nearly 10% of the population of Marion County. So many in this population do not have other family members nearby or support systems like other Hoosiers.
Migros Aid, Inc. works with refugees throughout the city and has been serving a Muslim family who fled Syria and who have been in America since 2017. Their family of 7 live in a 3-bedroom apartment and nearly faced eviction due to COVID-19 and not being able to work in December.
Through the generosity of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, St. George’s Orthodox Christian Church, one individual, and Migros Aid, their December rent was paid. and help with their utility bills was provided.
When the body of Christ comes together to help and serve the least of these in our community, it is a beautiful thing and displays to the world what the church is all about.
When the pandemic first began in early 2020 and the city was mostly shut down, masks were needed for medical workers because of the shortage of supplies. Volunteers for Migros Aid donated fabric, sewing machines, supplies, and time so that refugees could learn to sew masks. Some of them had never used a sewing machine before while others had experience sewing. The Mon sisters, who are immigrants themselves and trained seamstresses, volunteered their time to help train those who were interested in sewing.
The 1,000+ masks that were made have been given out to the the refugee community, who lacked the resources to purchase masks early on during the pandemic. Masks were also given to several other groups who faced shortages of masks early on during the pandemic.
We are grateful for individuals and a couple of local churches that supply food for us to help distribute to refugees in the city of Indianapolis. We are also grateful for the Storehouse Food Pantry that provides food boxes for emergency needs among families we serve. We share space with the Storehouse pantry at the Westside Episcopal Community Center.
“There are always smiles for a bag of potatoes or a couple of jars of peanut butter when we come to the door,” says Joel Vestal, Migros Aid’s lead facilitator.
“I have been in countless apartments to deliver food and find the freezer empty, the refrigerator empty, and very little in the cabinets.”
Food shortage is really an issue with access, as there an abundance of food pantries and resources in the city to help people find and get supplemental food. Even with SNAP (food stamps), many families still face food shortages. Food shortages are often a common struggle with immigrants, especially from Covid-19 and financial hardships.
Please make a donation here to help us with our outreach with food to the community.
Immigrants and refugees struggle financially during economic prosperous times. Most every family is under-employed when the economy is strong. These simple items are not normally in the home, particularly disinfecting wipes and sanitizers
In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are distributing a. “Prevention Kit” to refugee families. It is a part of our Response Fund.
The cost of the “Prevention Kit” is $10. It consists of items below, as we are able to find in stores.
Do you want to help us distribute more?
Click here to read how you can help from home prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This season requires both wisdom and compassion as we lookout for the most vulnerable among us. It is time to be both cautious and courageous. As we continue to serve the immigrant refugee community, we wanted to give some practical ideas on how you and your family can help in both preventing the spread of COVID-19 and helping families economically.
1.) Make Hand sanitizer at home – click here to learn how. As you make it, please purchase small travel size plastic bottles and fill up as many as possible for our Coronavirus Prevention Kits
3.) Have a work project you need help with? We have established Glocal Services LLC as a way to mentor refugee teens and provide income to families. Please contact us for more information. You can phone 317-771-6013
4.) Start a Fundraiser for the Migros Aid Response Fund – Facebook is a good platform. All you need to do is go to the Migros Aid Facebook page and click on start a fundraiser and then share it with your friends.
5.). Help us assemble a Coronavirus Prevention Kit for $10. We are assembling a prevention kit at a cost of about $10 per kit. The following items are in each kit