The people of South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church have been devoted to ministries and mission through Unity House, our former parsonage on Cutlery Avenue, for more than fifteen years. In connexion with other local United Methodist Churches and other local institutions, the Unity House mission team has prepared it for new seasons of doing God's work for refugee families and for local young adults and their families.
Now the Unity House team has received a special affirmation of support from The New York Annual Conference's Connectional Ministries - a $2,500 grant to help fund Unity House 2019 ministries.
We are deeply grateful for this affirmation of our goals and our efforts, and we hope and pray that everyone who loves and supports Unity House will consider this a beginning point for ensuring the long-term health and success of Unity House's mission to Meriden and the world Thank you, NYAC, thank you, Matt Curry, and all of the supporting members of NYAC leadership. May all of our ministries together in Christ be blessed!
Help Them to Get a New Start! Unity House Refugee Family Project Kickoff, Tuesday, October 2nd [VIDEO]
Your commitment to peace, justice,and hope for families, here, and around the world, is a valuable community asset. Unity House, a cooperative ministry of local United Methodist Churches, is inviting both local United Methodists and an interfaith coalition of other local congregations, to together to help a new refugee family coming to Meriden, CT this fall, through the IRIS refugee resettlement agency. Our first meeting to organize local volunteers for this project will be Tuesday, October 2nd, 6PM, in the Griffin Room at the Meriden Public Library. The following video gives an overview of our goals.
For more than fifteen years, the Unity House coalition has welcomed families from around the world in need of a fresh start, in addition to local families. There are a wide range of resources and activities needing volunteer support to help this family after their arrival. Housing, basic clothing, bedding, initial food and supplies are essential, but there is much more that these families need to adapt to American life Orientation to American culture and communities, language, education, health care, transportation, finance, employment, and more are needed to encourage their success in establishing a new life. Anyone with a good heart and a basic knowledge of how our culture works can help.
Most importantly, these families need our compassionate help. They are selected by the IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Resettlement Services) agency as people who are escaping truly dangerous and dire conditions in their own nation. By acting together, our community can provide them with wide, deep, and consistent support to welcome them to our nation - a foreign nation, to them.
A signup form with frequently asked questions is here and below. You may bring this form to the organizing meeting, or send it in to our office ahead of time. Thank you for your interest in our project - and please spread the word!
This week, Unity House adult volunteers led a team of teen volunteers and outreach coordinators from Choate Rosemary Hall in a day of outdoor renovations and gardening. It was a wonderful team effort, and we are so grateful for everyone's participation and support! Unity House volunteers also continued to drop off generous donations of furniture and toys for guests and residents of Unity House. Our thanks to everyone for helping to pave the way for Unity House's long term success in mission! Photos from the day below.
Our ,multi-church "paint party" at Meriden's Women and Families Center in March kicked off a relationship with WFC's Transition-Aged Youth (TAY) program that has born fruit in a new partnership with Unity House. A hard-working ,ulti-church UMC team of volunteers prepared Unity House this week for the arrival of a young family with a working single parent this Friday. The family was referred to Unity House by WFC for safe housing during a time of transition to a new support program. They are expected to stay at Unity House for a week. We ask that you respect the family's privacy and confidentiality needs during this important period of transition for them.
Unity House has been preparing for the arrival this Fall of a refugee family, and so a lot had to be done to get Unity House "family ready" on very short notice. New flooring was ready in the kitchen, and much has been done over the past several months by volunteers from local United Methodist churches, and by student volunteers from from Choate Rosemary Hall. Finishing touches on painting, cleaning, caulking, installing screen windows, and generous donations of housewares, furniture, food, toiletries, linens, bedding, children'books and toys, wifi networking, and cleaning supplies, have turned Unity House from a project back into a live mission site! What a feat of grace in action!
Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who worked so hard to help this family needing safe housing - including StarCubs Childcare, who helped to arrange for care for the family's children while their parent is hard at work. Our prayers of gratitude and blessings are with you all, and lifted up to the God who inspires us to serve others as our God serves us - with radical hospitality, and everlasting love.
This is the 15th anniversary of our 98 Cutlery Avenue property being dedicated as Unity House, to provide shelter and new hope to refugee families from all over the world. The board of directors for Unity House have been hard at work to breathe new life into this key mission program in our community. Come see the refurbishments this Sunday, September 17th, 2-4PM, and speak with Unity House board members about how you can help its mission to succeed. Our open house will include refreshments, tours, and a warm welcome. See you there!
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