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.
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.
Our mission is to create belonging among immigrants and refugees by facilitating transformative relationships through holistic mentoring.
Our vision is to promote a welcoming community of hospitality that creates human flourishing, self-sufficiency, and transformation – while reducing isolation and fear.
We are grateful for individuals and a couple of local churches that supply food for us to help distribute to refugees in the city of Indianapolis. We are also grateful for the Storehouse Food Pantry that provides food boxes for emergency needs among families we serve. We share space with the Storehouse pantry at the Westside Episcopal Community Center.
“There are always smiles for a bag of potatoes or a couple of jars of peanut butter when we come to the door,” says Joel Vestal, Migros Aid’s lead facilitator.
“I have been in countless apartments to deliver food and find the freezer empty, the refrigerator empty, and very little in the cabinets.”
Food shortage is really an issue with access, as there an abundance of food pantries and resources in the city to help people find and get supplemental food. Even with SNAP (food stamps), many families still face food shortages. Food shortages are often a common struggle with immigrants, especially from Covid-19 and financial hardships.
This season requires both wisdom and compassion as we lookout for the most vulnerable among us. It is time to be both cautious and courageous. As we continue to serve the immigrant refugee community, we wanted to give some practical ideas on how you and your family can help in both preventing the spread of COVID-19 and helping families economically.
1.) Make Hand sanitizer at home – click here to learn how. As you make it, please purchase small travel size plastic bottles and fill up as many as possible for our Coronavirus Prevention Kits
3.) Have a work project you need help with? We have established Glocal Services LLC as a way to mentor refugee teens and provide income to families. Please contact us for more information. You can phone 317-771-6013
As Christians, our response to the global refugee crises is clearly given in Scripture: practice hospitality and love the stranger. This short 4:55 minute short film was created to inform and inspire us to act on behalf of those who suffer the most due to war and injustice. Click here to watch
We have suspended our weekly programs and are preparing to respond to the crises as it impacts the refugee community we are reaching in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
We have heard from several of you that would like to give a donation to go towards helping the inevitable struggle that is going to come to the immigrant community. As a result, our board is establishing
A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Fund for Families (GOAL: $15,000)
Click on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Fund for Families
As we are able to obtain products, we initially desire to help assist families in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in two ways:
1.) Distribution of Coronavirus Prevention Kits. These kits are about $10 to put together. As we are able to obtain items that are in high demand, we want to distribute them to refugee families. Families do not have cleaning products.
2.) We will also be using these funds to help families who are impacted by COVID-19 and cannot work and help them with rent and utility bills. We will pay the landlord and utility companies directly to help cover a portion of these bills (not 100% of the bill) We will qualify individuals and families and spread our assistance to help as many as possible. Families will not be provided ongoing aid but just a time benefit.
As you are aware, most families struggle economically and live paycheck to paycheck, as they seek to create a new life here in America.
This is one way you can help the most vulnerable in our community.
Donations can be made payable and mailed here:
Migros Aid, Inc.
P.O. Box 20086
Indianapolis, IN 46220
All donations are tax-deductible and will be used for the purposed specified
We have over 100 students involved in our weekly programs. This Christmas we are wanting to give them a new backpack with gifts and a comic Bible and we need your help! This is a great project for your family or small group.
If you can put together a backpack, please contact us and we will send you a student’s name and a little about their story. We will give you suggestions on what items to provide and a recommended budget. We ask you to pray for this student and their family.
We estimate that the cost will be about $40 per student. The volunteer will purchase and organize the following:
1 Backpack ($20)
1 age-appropriate toy ($10)
practical items of your choice (toothpaste, soap, pencils, hat, gloves, etc) ($10)
Migros Aid will supply the following:
1 Kids comic Bible
an ID Tag
Provide backpacks for students who are not provided a backpack by a volunteer
If you want to put together a backpack, please contact us and we will send you the information you need.
We desire to have the backpacks completed by December 18, 2019
If you want to give a donation to help with this project (suggested donation is $40 per backpack): Please include a message with a donation: ‘Bible & Gifts in a Backpack’
We put on our second ‘BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY’ on August 1. It was a real success and many from the immigrant, refugee community came out to have food made by refugees themselves from the following nations: Burundi, Somalia, Syria, Bhutan/Nepal, and Afghanistan. Migros provided other pasta and meat dishes for the children.
There were many new faces that showed up. Adults in the community signed up for driving classes and English practice with Migros Mentors.
Students were able to hear about and sign up for C.A.R.E. Club. Thanks to all the volunteers that came out.