Neighbor to Neighbor, a program of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), connects asylum seekers with an Episcopal congregation or other faith community who serve as a community sponsor. Depending on the needs of the asylum seeker, community sponsors may provide orientation to the new community, in-kind donations, and above all tangible kindness. Inspired by our faith as Episcopalians, EMM’s Neighbor to Neighbor program seeks to assist and support asylum seekers, through love, friendship, guidance, and assistance by:
- Inviting: congregations into discernment to learn, dream, and potentially join Neighbor to Neighbor to become a community sponsor.
- Training: forming and equipping community sponsor groups through a nine-week training to prepare them for the important work of welcoming an asylum seeker.
- Responding: to referrals and requests for help from organizations that serve asylum seekers.
- Supporting: community sponsors through regular check-ins and continued trainings.
Rooted in the local community, between neighbors old and new, Neighbor to Neighbor provides a way for Episcopalians to join in community with newcomers to our country as we work together to build communities of kinship.
Click here for a discernment guide to learn more about Neighbor to Neighbor and how to get started.
For more information, please contact The Rev. Br. Christopher W. McNabb, CFC at: [email protected], or Allison Duvall, at: [email protected].