Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources
“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me….”
Jesus, speaking in Matt. 25: 34-35
Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources is a diocesan group dedicated to helping area asylees and refugees feel welcomed and supported as our neighbors. We responded to their needs in several ways.
- Through the efforts of churches and related groups in our diocese, Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources undertook or led donation appeals for newly arrived refugees settling in our area, such as collecting pots, pans, and linens for their homes, along with school backpacks, supplies, and lunchboxes for the children of refugees.
- Several Episcopal parishes have refugee ministry groups serving organizations and individual families in their own communities, such as ALERT in the Lancaster Convocation, outreach efforts by St. James Church (Lancaster), and sponsorship of a refugee family by All Saints Church (Hanover).
If your parish would like to share its work serving and supporting asylees and refugees, contact Gerry Garber.
Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources developed a 3-part learning series that you can use in your church or group to educate people about asylees and refugees. If you have a refugee community living nearby that you would like to work with, or if you simply want to know more about their needs, this education series will help you. The series is designed so that it can be self-led by a group, or you can request to have a member of the Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources assist with the presentation. The series is available by clicking to the right under DMMR Resources.
Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources always welcomes new members. If you are interested in helping asylees and refugees, or if your parish is already involved in such a mission, please consider joining our group. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 1 PM at All Saints Church, located at 310 Elm Avenue, Hershey. Contact Carolyn Joy Patterson or call (717) 236-5959 (ext. 1101) for more information.
Supplies needed for Refugee Children
Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources is launching a donation appeal for school supplies, backpacks and lunch boxes to give to newly-arriving refugee children. The appeal begins July 1 and runs through October.
Please donate new backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies. Consider filling a backpack with some or all of the following items; a box of Ticonderoga #2 pencils (standard & color), markers,
highlighters, dry erase markers/fine tip (Expo preferred), broad tip markers(Crayola preferred), a box of Crayola crayons (24 count), construction paper, glue sticks, scissors (child safe), 12″ rulers (metric & inches), erasers (pencil top & full size), index cards, Post-it notes, composition books, 3-hole punched lined paper, printer paper, plastic folders with inside pockets, and a pencil pouch. Or separately donate any of these items. Bring items to the diocesan office or contact Carolyn Patterson at (717) 236-5959 or firstname.lastname@example.org for pickup.