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
After a year and a half, we have restarted our Homework Club, our weekly tutoring! Students can bring homework one afternoon a week after school at the apartment complex where they live, and volunteers help them to complete it. If they finish early, we have extra books and games. Students need to bring homework and they will receive rewards after attending a certain number of times. They also receive a snack at the end of the time together. Most of the student’s parents do not speak English and unable to help them with simple assignments. Please contact us to help out
Due to Covid-19 this year, it has left most of us feeling isolated and unable to have human connection. Despite this reality, a few Migros Mentors have been able to stay connected with refugees they assist in learning English. For most refugees, the feeling of isolation and loneliness is a reality for many, many years. There are so many new things to learn and figure out when moving to a new country.
One of our goals is to connect “Migros Mentors” to refugee families to encourage them and be a friend. Please contact us if you desire to practice English with someone and most importantly, be a friend.
Where would anyone be in life without friends? It is easy to be a Migros Mentor.
Volunteers are serving as tutors to help students with their online learning. We helped set up a tablet so that she can stay connected to her teacher and complete E-learning exercises.
When one of our high school students reached out to a mentor for help with a math assignment, he was able to connect her to a math teacher who could help her.
Over 400 Children’s books were donated to Migros Aid to distribute into the community. The children have been happy to receive books that are being distributed, as they do not have many in their homes. We share with students, “Leaders are readers!”
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.