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.

The following brokerage firms are supported:

  • Wells Fargo Advisors (Wells Trade)
  • Etrade
  • Fidelity
  • T. Rowe Price
  • Schwab
  • Vanguard
  • Merrill Edge
  • USAA
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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.

949 pounds of vegetables distributed for free in 2020

949 pounds of vegetables distributed for free in 2020

The Migros Aid Garden of 2020 has been a huge success in many ways. The garden is over and cleaned out for 2021! There were 53 volunteers involved in Garden work this year, from planting to harvesting to cleaning the garden. We added some new garden beds for a total of 36 raised beds. We grew and harvested 949 pounds of produce, including a variety of tomatoes, okra, eggplant, beans, and more. All of the produce was distributed (free of charge) to the refugee and immigrant community.

Over the summer we employed 6 teens who came each week to tend the garden in pairs, along with volunteer mentors. As a result of these relationships, 2 small group Bible studies were born and are still going.

The 2020 harvest is over, but the garden beds have been cleaned and are ready for 2021!

Diapers provided to the Community

Diapers provided to the Community

Diapers can be a challenge to obtain for low income families because they cannot be obtained through SNAP (food stamps) or WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).    

During Covid-19, many refugees have lost work and have found themselves in a hard situation.   

We are grateful to the  Indiana Diaper Bank and their donation to of diapers to Migros Aid to distribute within the immigrant, refuge community.   

The Indiana Diaper Bank is an organization whose mission is to provide diapers to low-income families. We received various sizes of diapers, as well as wipes and diaper cream, and were able to distribute them to some refugee families in the community.

COVID-19 Response Fund for Refugee Families in Indiana: Prevention Kits, Rent & Utilities Assistance

COVID-19 Response Fund for Refugee Families in Indiana: Prevention Kits, Rent & Utilities Assistance

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Fund for Families (GOAL: $15,000)

To make a tax-deductible donation:

  1. Click here
  2.  Select the tab. “Select a Cause”
  3. 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. 

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            • Toilet Paper
            • Hand Sanitizer
            • Soap
            • Disinfected Wipes

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

Dr. William Crabtree, Board Chairman of Migros Aid, shares about a Ministry of Presence

Dr. William Crabtree, Board Chairman of Migros Aid, shares about a Ministry of Presence

IMG-5760Dr. Bill Crabtree has been actively involved with Migros Aid since its inception serving as a volunteer and then as Chair of the Migros Aid Board.     He is Recently retired from the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine.    Dr. Crabtree shares,

‘Sometimes when doing God’s work I wonder if I am making a difference…. When volunteering for our Migros Aid refugee ministry I don’t have that problem…I know that everything I do makes a difference…whether it’s helping a 3rd grader from Somalia with her math homework, sharing the creation story with a middle school girl from Nepal or giving a “high 5” to a husband and father from Syria when he passes his driving test!  Oftentimes, just by the power of our presence… they know that there is not only a God in heaven but also one in the “here and now” that loves and cares for them…It just doesn’t get any better!”

Dr. Crabtree is looking forward to increasing his involvement with Migros by spending more time mentoring and working in the Migros Aid community garden.

Please contact us to get involved and serve.

Our 2019 (Session 1) of C.A.R.E. Club ended with a Christmas Party, Gift Distribution, and Sharing the Jesus Story

Our 2019 (Session 1) of C.A.R.E. Club ended with a Christmas Party, Gift Distribution, and Sharing the Jesus Story

We had our final C.A.R.E. Club on December 19, 2019.    This was the final session for session #1.    We were so encouraged to have 98 students participate in our first session of C.A.R.E. Club in 2019.

The session was 23 weeks (August – December).   We met each week and shared a meal, broke into small groups, and then had activities for students to engage with.     We developed a values-based curriculum with the letters of C.A.R.E. guiding teaching and  conversation:    (Communication,  Aspirations,  Respect, Empowerment)

We had 3 vans that operate and transport those who come.     The adults who come practice their English.

We were able to distribute backpacks that were filled with a gift and practical items and a Bible.   We gave over 84 on December 19!

Please pray for the lives of the refugee students we are investing in and for 2020.   Please contact us if you want to get involved.

 

 

 

2019 Christmas Project: ‘Bible & Gifts in a Backpack’ – Help us give a holiday gift to 100 refugee students

2019 Christmas Project: ‘Bible & Gifts in a Backpack’ – Help us give a holiday gift to 100 refugee students

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. 1 Backpack ($20)
  2. 1 age-appropriate toy ($10)
  3. practical items of your choice (toothpaste, soap, pencils, hat, gloves, etc)  ($10)

Migros Aid will supply the following:

  1. 1 Kids comic Bible
  2. an ID Tag
  3. 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’

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