A number of Trinity members have started full day orientation/training sessions with CT’s Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in anticipation of our helping resettle a refugee family in the greater Newtown area in the coming months. We are doing this as part of the Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement group. We are working together with the 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, and several other members of the Newtown community.
We have been able to add to our number of additional volunteers (we now have more than 50) thanks to an article that appeared in the August 5th edition of the Newtown Bee describing our group’s efforts and inviting community members to join us (to check out this article, go to: http://newtownbee.com/the-interfaith-partnership-for-refugee-resettlement-offering-hope-to-strangers.
Later this month, the chairs of all 10 of our working committees (focused on areas such as locating housing, welcoming and orienting the refugee family, teaching English, coordinating transportation, providing health care support, helping adults find jobs, etc.) will be meeting to finalize the various tasks that will need to be completed in the coming weeks to prepare for the arrival of a family referred to us by IRIS.
We should know more about the timing of a referral of a refugee family after our last orientation session in early September. Anyone at Trinity interested in volunteering or becoming of our group would be most welcome, and may contact Rick Chamiec-Case at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ask that you would continue to actively support this new ministry at Trinity by remembering us regularly in your prayers 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!
The Interfaith Partnership For Refugee Resettlement: Offering Hope To Strangers by Shannon Hicks, August 7, 2016
While politics on the national level may have taken over many headlines in recent weeks, an international crisis is still being watched by many people around the world.
A small but growing group of people in Newtown are still watching the humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding overseas in recent years. In particular, these people have been touched enough by the Syrian refugee crisis that they have decided to do something about it.
Rick Chamiec-Case and Gordon Williams are serving as the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of a local group that is planning to help a refugee family from the Middle East or Africa become resettled in the Newtown area. The group — Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement (IPRR) — has developed out of a common interest among a growing number of members of Trinity Episcopal Church, of which Mr Chamiec-Case is a member, and Newtown Congregational Church, of which Mr Williams is a member. (Continue reading on the Newtown Bee website.)
Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement