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.
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.
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 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.
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
Dr. 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.
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.
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’