Trinity’s inter-faith refugee resettlement ministry is delighted to announce that our application to help resettle a refugee family in the greater Newtown area in the coming months has been accepted by CT’s Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS).
We applied in partnership with 5 other faith communities - Newtown Congregational Church, the Baha’i faith community of Newtown, the Newtown Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons), the Al Hedaya Muslim Community and Mosque
We start a full day orientation and training on either Aug 4th or a date early in September at IRIS’ office in New Haven.
We’ve recruit chairperson volunteers for almost all 10 of our working committees as well as almost 50 additional volunteers from among our 5 faith communities. They are focused on locating housing, welcoming and orienting the refugee family, teaching English, coordinating transportation, providing health care support, and helping adults find jobs. In addition, our group (with your help) has been able to raise over $6,000 to help with rent, a security deposit and other expenses the family will face in the early months until they are able to sustain themselves.
We invite you to actively support this new ministry at Trinity by remembering us regularly in your prayers, and considering our invitation to volunteer either as individuals or families as we seek to draw on our faith to help a refugee family begin a new life, regain hope and contribute to the vitality of the greater Newtown community!
Through Trinity’s leadership of and participation in this inter-faith ministry, we are seeking to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community, and to be faithful to God’s call to show compassion for those who have had no choice but to leave their countries due to war, persecution, or threats of violence:
The LORD your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19 CEB)
Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement