Hannah Bryant Shares Her Story of Being a Migros Mentor to a Refugee Family

Hannah Bryant Shares Her Story of Being a Migros Mentor to a Refugee Family

Bryant shares, “I’ve been volunteering with Migros Aid for a little over a year. I’ve had the privilege of being a mentor- which means being a friend to a refugee family. I got to help my African friends get settled into a new place in Indianapolis, get registered for school & navigate some of the language barriers experienced in every day life. We spent a lot of time last summer just hanging out and sharing meals together. I even learned how to make fufu! It has been the hugest blessing. My family has a greater understanding of what it means to be a refugee in the United States. We’ve had the privilege of experiencing other cultures & truly helping the least of these. I had no idea some of the challenges they face & I’m so grateful my family and I have been able to help.”

Many refugee families move to Indianapolis after living in other parts of the United States for a short period of time. They usually move to Indianapolis because of the good job market or they know someone who lives here, as the family did in this mentoring relationship. Families like this loose all their support from other groups serving them in the initial city they were settled in. Through the work of Migros Aid, this family was able to get help and support that was greatly needed.

There are other families in need and we are seeking more Migros Mentors like Hannah.

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Empowering Afghan Refugees through Weekly English Classes

Empowering Afghan Refugees through Weekly English Classes

As Afghan refugees have moved to Indianapolis, we have been having English classes since November 2021 on a weekly basis in the community. We are so grateful for the several volunteers who are helping. We desire to continue these small classes through 2022.

The women’s class has been meeting for two days per week and is currently taking a break. We helped some of the more advanced, educated women enroll in a local English school to get daily English classes. The class provides emotional support for these women, too.

A class for men has been meeting weekly as well who are from Afghanistan.

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Want to Get Involved? Dates of Migros 101 in February or March

Want to Get Involved?  Dates of Migros 101 in February or March

Want to get more involved in a hands-on way? Be educated on migration impacting central Indiana and the work of Migros Aid?

Sign up for our Migros 101 here. Anyone who wants to serve with Migros needs to go through this.

Upcoming Migros 101 dates:

  • View upcoming Migros 101 on our home page.

What we cover in Migros 101:

1.) A brief overview of global migration and understanding the how and why of 130k+ immigrants reside in Indianapolis
2.) The Migros Aid story – Our vision/mission/core values/goals
3.) Cross-cultural factors that are important to be aware of when engaging
4.) Discuss the ways you can serve and help and options available
5.) Steps needed to serve / volunteer with us

Our work is in 4 areas:

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Teaching Life Lessons in a Rock Climbing Gym

Teaching Life Lessons in a Rock Climbing Gym

Younger immigrants can often find life in America challenging, even after being in America for three or four years. One of our efforts is to offer experiences for refugee teens and use the experiences to have conversation and lessons about life.

Zayd Vestal, a former Migros Aid summer intern, led a group of young guys in a rock climbing experience. It was their first time to go to a rock climbing gym.

Conversations about perseverance and goal setting were natural in the experience.

“When I got to the top i felt happy and feel like I accomplished something. This is what it is like in life.” said one participant.

If you have an experience for young immigrants, please contact us. We are always looking for new ideas

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Over 173 Gift Baskets Given to Refugee Families During the Holidays

Over 173 Gift Baskets Given to Refugee Families During the Holidays

We are grateful for all the individuals and local churches that assembled Welcome gift baskets for the refugee community. A gift basket came in a laundry basket and were filled with practical items like laundry detergent, gloves, hats, toiletry items, and other small gifts to encourage a family. Thank you for everyone who made this happen! The smiles were endless of this small gesture of love.

Our Afghan Refugee Response

Our Afghan Refugee Response

Over 7,200 Afghan refugees have been settled into Camp Atterbury in Indiana in the last several months. While the majority of these refugees will eventually settle throughout North America, many have made their new home in Indianapolis. Our focus has been on Afghans arriving here in Indianapolis in several different parts of the city. We have extensive relationships within the Afghan community and have been getting regular referrals of new arrivals requesting aid. We also hear from caseworkers who ask for assistance needed for new families.

We are having Afghan families come to our weekly CARE CLUB and HOMEWORK CLUB for connection and help. Please pray for our team as we navigate the open doors before us for new relationships and impact.

As many Afghani refugees are being settled around the city of Indianapolis, we are focusing our efforts of care and empowerment in the following ways:

  1. Weekly English Classes for Afghani Women. We are currently having English classes two days per week in the community.
  2. Weekly English Classes for Afghani men. We are currently having English Classes two days per week in the community for men
  3. Furniture Donations. We have collected and delivered donated furniture to new families
  4. Household Items from the Amazon Wish List. We have distributed many items from the Amazon wish list
  5. Clothing – Most of the children do not have clothing and we have collected, sorted, and distributed clothing to families
  6. Adjustment & Welcome- Our staff , volunteers and Migros Mentors have been assisting families and providing encouragement and friendship
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Our 2021 Garden Produced 1,424 Pounds of Produce and Provided 8 Students Work throughout the Summer

Our 2021 Garden Produced 1,424 Pounds of Produce and Provided 8 Students Work throughout the Summer

This was our third year for our garden with 36 raised beds. We are grateful for all the volunteers, the 8 refugee students who were employed and mentored, and several youth groups who made our garden a success this year. All the vegetables were given freely to families in the community. 1,424 pounds of vegetables were harvested this year, up from 949 pounds in 2020.

Three different teams went weekly for two hours to do work in the garden and provide opportunities for relationship building, encouragement and mentoring. Thanks to Tom, Lydia, Katelyn, and Nick for their hard work and dedication picking up students and spending time with them, giving them a chance to earn some pocket money.

The students workers were: Ree, El too, Uredi, Pierre, Jacob, Desire, Mulumba, and Chance.

VISION & MISSION OF THE GARDEN

The vision of the Migros Aid Garden is that through gardening we can establish and grow relationships and empower the community to engage and learn skills to become self-sufficient. The mission of the Migros Aid Garden is to holistically mentor young people through part-time employment in the refugee community and to assist in feeding families by producing fresh produce. 

Prepare a WELCOME KIT or CLOTHING KIT for a new Refugee Family

Prepare a WELCOME KIT or CLOTHING KIT for a new Refugee Family

Please consider putting together a WELCOME KIT or CLOTHING KIT for refugee families that are arriving! This is a great way for your family, office, small group, church group to put your compassion to action.

As you put together your kit you can put it in a box or clothing basket.

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