Asylum Seekers Resettlement
As a result of the tremendous generosity in October, our congregation collected and donated over $4,600 to support the two Resettlement Agencies—Bethany Christian Services and Samaritas (Lutheran Services) that are providing casework for three months to the Afghan Asylum Seekers that are arriving now. Each agency received $2,300 to support those refugee families that do not have co-sponsor teams.
Going forward, People’s Church, along with the Congregation of Moses and Temple B’nai Israel, will be doing extensive fundraising for the families our Interfaith Team will be co-sponsoring. We ask for your continued generosity to help these specific families. The money we raise to help them get settled and on good footing, will really be essential. Without our financial support, anything they need will be taken out of their “Welcome Money” which really needs to be used for their rent. And that money needs to last them as long as possible—maybe 5-6 months if they don’t dip into it for other expenses.
It is important to note that we don’t give the money we raise for their support directly to the families. The money we raise will be spent by our team to purchase things that they need, such as new mattresses and box springs (new is required because of the issue with possible bedbugs!), groceries until their food stamp account can be established, and a myriad of other expenses that come up as they get settled. Our team will utilize many free clothing distributions sites and other donations of items that they will need. But that will not cover the bulk of their needs at first. Please consider continuing your financial support by making a donation to our Afghan families that the Interfaith Team is supporting through our co-sponsorships. Please also spread the word to others in our community that want to donate to help the families we are co-sponsoring. Checks should be sent to People’s Church at 1758 N. 10th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Or donations can be made at http://www.tinyurl.com/givetopeoples
December 12th Special Collection
The upcoming Special Collection will be held on December 12th for Ministry with Community. Ministry with Community is one of our traditional yearly recipients. “Empowering people to make positive life changes”, Ministry with Community is open 365 days a year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life for all of us in many ways. Despite needing to make many changes to keep everyone as safe as possible, Ministry with Community continues to be open and adapting to this new way of life, seven days a week. Our own Kelly Henderson, Executive Director of Ministry with Community will speak briefly via Zoom during our Sunday Service.
Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson was the very dynamic keynote speaker at ISAAC’s Virtual Banquet held on November 11th. Dr. Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, an ordained clergy member, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic and of ESPN’s The Undefeated website. His most recent book is Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness In America. His 2017 book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Many People’s people attended the Zoom event, and in addition to hearing Dr. Dyson’s keynote address, also got to view the awards portion of the evening where awards were given by ISAAC to individuals for outstanding service in a host of categories.