The overall team is growing, and specific support teams are taking shape. More people are always needed. Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, August 25 at 11:30 in the Mary Safford Room.
Barb and Bruce Martin have volunteered to be the “official” sponsors to get a person (or two) out of detention! They have begun the application process, and could be matched with someone as soon as late August (or not for quite a while longer – we just don’t know).
We are now forming the various teams that will support Barb and Bruce as sponsors and the individual(s) they will sponsor. To volunteer contact Meg Notch (firstname.lastname@example.org), and come to our next meeting.
Housing – Jane Rongerude is coordinating the effort to find affordable long term housing.
Transportation: Elaine Imlau is coordinating. Many people will be needed to provide transportation for doctor & attorney appointments, court dates, grocery shopping, ESL classes, etc.
Financial: Sally Boeckholt is coordinating a team to raise funds and decide how those funds will be managed.
Legal: Patty Notch (an attorney) is coordinating.
Education: Katie Allen is coordinating both team and congregational education.
*NEW* Teaching & Learning: Meg Notch is coordinating efforts as might be needed to:
- help team members learn the asylum seeker’s language
- if the asylum seeker wants to learn English, help them accomplish that
- if the asylum seeker comes with a school-age child, help facilitate that transition
Communication: Barb Royal
This is a congregation-wide effort and we will need lots of people to volunteer – the more who step up, the easier it will be for everyone!