Stories & Updates

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.

Give to our 2021 Year-End Campaign: Operation Welcome

Give to our 2021 Year-End Campaign:  Operation Welcome

We have launched our first virtual year-end campaign to sustain and grow our impact. Click here to learn more

Our goal is $50,000. These funds will allow us to meet our 2021 budget and move into 2022 with the ability to increase our impact.

What your donation will do! Read more and give today

$50: Provides one hour of tutoring to a refugee student

$100: Sponsors our weekly CARE club and provides a warm, nutritional meal for 50+ refugees

$250: Provides Support to increase our mentoring program

$500: Provides one day of support towards our annual expenses

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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. 

English Classes Started for Afghani Women in the Community

English Classes Started for Afghani Women in the Community

There is a real hunger and desire among refugees to learn English. However, it is very challenging. The need to get a job to pay rent and the demands of the family often prevent refugees from being able to study or practice their English. For women, it can be more difficult because of these issues. Also, transportation is also a factor when it comes to getting to a class that sometimes can be miles away.

We started an English class just for women in the community where many Afghani refugees live. Currently, it is being offered two days per week in the morning.

The women often bring their babies and are very eager to improve in their English. They recently got over 75 pounds of vegetables from our community garden and the lesson that day was on the names of different foods.

Please consider making a donation to help us expand this new program and allow us to help empower women in the community.

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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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Weekly C.A.R.E. Club Returns

Weekly C.A.R.E. Club Returns

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

Please contact us if you are interested in preparing a meal or want to volunteer.

Indiana to Receive 5,000 Afghani Refugees at Camp Atterbury Soon: What You Can Do!

Indiana to Receive 5,000 Afghani Refugees at Camp Atterbury Soon:  What You Can Do!

Fox 59 reported at 10:15 AM on 8/31/21, ” U.S. Representative¬†Greg Pence announced¬†that he has received confirmation from the United States Department of Defense to authorized the use of Camp Atterbury for temporary housing and support for Afghanistan evacuees.

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Sign: Petition to Governor Eric J Holcomb to Accept Refugees from Afghanistan into Indiana

Sign:   Petition to Governor Eric J Holcomb to Accept Refugees from Afghanistan into Indiana

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The Petition Reads,

Dear Governor Eric Holcomb,

Thank you for your service to our great state. This petition is to urge you to act within your power to help resettle refugees from Afghanistan into Indiana.

The US-backed Afghan government collapsed recently in a matter of days following the US’ withdrawal of its military presence, leading the Taliban to swiftly take over control of the country for the first time since the US arrived in 2001. Thousands of Afghanis are fleeing for their lives who helped U.S. troops, diplomats, journalists, and other civilians over the past 20 years. It is our duty to help them by welcoming them to our state. Please join other governors throughout our great nation and allow Indiana to be home to Afghani refugees.

I am a proud resident in the state of Indiana.

Please take action and facilitate refugees who have fled Afghanistan to be settled in Indiana. We believe the great people of our state can practice “Hoosier Hospitality” and offer support and friendship.

Thank you for hearing our voices!

Sign the petition. You can sign your name OR sign anonymously