50 Chickens Processed and Donated to Community

50 Chickens Processed and Donated to Community

A Migros Aid group was able to have the opportunity to participate in cleaning and preparing over 50 chickens at a local farm. The chickens were distributed to refugee families in the community.

“It was a fun experience and I was happy to give away the chickens to the people.” said one participant who is a refugee from Rwanda and has lived in Indianapolis for three years.

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12 Students Experience a Summer Camp in Michigan

12 Students Experience a Summer Camp in Michigan

Twelve Migros students got to experience a week-long summer youth camp in Michigan in June. Eagle Church in Whitestown, IN provided camp scholarships for the Migros students and welcomed them into the church’s annual spiritual retreat for its middle and high school students. Migros Aid provided sleeping bags and spending money for the students to experience numerous recreational activities.

About 130 total students were at the youth camp. The Migros students formed new friendships and embraced many first-time experiences, such as horseback riding, archery, tubing, and a zip line, which challenged them and boosted their self confidence. 

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The Mon Sisters: A Migration Story of Hope!

The Mon Sisters:  A Migration Story of Hope!

Twin sisters Mon Htaw and Mon Sorn were living as refugees in Thailand when their 7-year-old brother died from malaria because of a lack of health care.   “He died in my parent’s arms,” Mon Sorn said.

They are from the Mon people, a Buddhist ethnic group, that today is scattered throughout the world and has experienced generations of oppression and injustice.  There are about 1.3 million MON people around the world. 

“That was the moment my father decided to get my sister, younger brother and me to America for a better future.”

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Enabling Self-Sufficiency and Transformation through Holistic Mentoring

Enabling Self-Sufficiency and Transformation through Holistic Mentoring

The mission of Migros Aid says, “To create belonging among immigrants and refugees by facilitating transformative relationships through holistic mentoring.”

Migros Mentors serve in so many numerous ways. Some meet with a family or an individual on a regular basis. Some mentor a small group of teens in a weekly CARE group. Others help with needs as they arise, always helping find the best solution for needs. In May alone, 21 mentors gave 179 hours assisting 101 refugees in the community. Here are a few stories (but not all of them) of what Migros Mentors have been doing in recent months in 2021…

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A Migration and Mentoring Story: Mohamad and Nisreen from Syria befriended by Tom and Wendy of Zionsville

A Migration and Mentoring Story:  Mohamad and Nisreen from Syria befriended by Tom and Wendy of Zionsville

It is our belief that mentoring leads naturally to friendship. We all need friends to navigate through life and form connection and community. It is a foundational need for any human, no matter what language is spoken or religious background. This can be challenging for refugees who come to America due to language and cultural differences. Mohamad and Nisreen arrived in America in 2016 and got involved with Migros Aid before we even incorporated as an organization in 2017. They attended our weekly English Club and our weekly tutoring program called ‘Homework club”. Soon after they arrived, They have been active in our community garden for the two years we have had it. Tom and Wendy Langebartels became Migros Mentors to them in late 2016. Their families have become close friends and like family to each other sharing so many times together. Tom and Wendy have helped them learn English, find work, teach them how to drive, help them find a car to buy, navigate green card issues,  apply and get accepted into a Habitat home and so many other things to list.     Most importantly, they have been faithful friends. Tom and Wendy have put their Christian faith into action.

As Tom says, “Jesus said, ‘I was a stranger and you invited me in.’  We met Mohamad and Nisreen and tried to do just that and our lives have been changed because of the friendship we have developed with them.”

A Migros Mentor is someone who becomes a friend and may not be able to solve every problem or assist with every need but will be present in support and friendship along the way. Please contact us if you want to become a Migros Mentor to a refugee family.

MORE OF MOHAMMAD AND NISREEN’S STORY & BACKGROUND…

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Getting Prepared for the 2021 Garden

Getting Prepared for the 2021 Garden

This is our third year for the Migros Aid garden. Each year it has grown and expanded, impacting more people.

We have had a couple of work days this year and plan to have more before planting in early May. We will employe 6-8 young people to work in the garden this summer and exploring ways to participate in a local farmers market.

In 2020, we grew 940 pounds of produce for the community. We hope that in 2021 we can increase this to help provide food to more people.

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Updated Mission and Vision Statements and Core Values

Updated Mission and Vision Statements and Core Values

Thank you to all of the volunteers and the Migros Aid board for giving input and suggestions on our revised mission and vision statements. We have been in a process of collecting input this year from our team to communicate what we are about. As every organization evolves and grows, it is always crucial to adapt and update the mission, vision, and core values. We believe this will help guide our efforts into the future and increase our ability to share our mission and vision with a wider audience to be able to have a greater capacity of impact.

MISSION

Our mission is to create belonging among immigrants and refugees by facilitating transformative relationships through holistic mentoring. 

VISION

Our vision is to promote a welcoming community of hospitality that creates human flourishing, self-sufficiency, and transformation – while reducing isolation and fear.

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Support the work of Migros Aid by donating stocks or mutual funds

Support the work of Migros Aid by donating stocks or mutual funds Donate Stock To Migros Aid, Inc.

We have partnered with Stock Donator to be able to receive investment donations like stocks or mutual funds. Please click on the green button above.

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Eagle church of Whitestown helps provide 60+ Gift Baskets to refugee families over christmas

Eagle church of Whitestown helps provide 60+ Gift Baskets to refugee families over christmas

The Christmas season was a challenge to many refugee families during a global pandemic. Thanks to Eagle Church for their help in putting together 60+ gift baskets. The baskets included practical items such as laundry detergent, socks, tooth brushes, soap, tooth paste, etc.

The gifts were practical and helpful for families. This outreach provided a practical way to show God’s love in action and remind people of the meaning of Christmas.