Immigrant sponsorship update

Thank you for your generosity. The Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice Team just learned that you contributed $794.01 to the Feb. 27 Faith-to-Action collection in support of the Guatemalan family we are sponsoring in their quest to seek asylum. We are also very grateful to Christine Heath, a member of the church and currently serving on the Board of Trustees, who since May last year has offered the family a place to live with her in her home. Thank you, Christine!

The family is doing very well. At the writing of this article, it looks like Lilly may have found a job, and this would mean that Lakshmi would be able to keep her Head Start spot! Lilly is going to take her written driver test soon, and knowing Lilly, she will soon be ready to take the driving exam as well. If you are willing to help Lilly learn to drive, please contact us.

It will, however, be some time until Lilly can be independent in her transportation needs. Currently there is an increased need for drivers who can take the family to appointments and take Lakshmi to and from her Head Start location. We put out a call for volunteers monthly, and volunteers can select when they volunteer based on their schedules. People willing to help should contact Joe Donaldson at 573-289-0725 or by email for more information.

Another highly desired item is a treadmill for Lilly. If you have one that you no longer need, please contact us.

As a reminder, if you would like to support the efforts of the Sanctuary and Immigrant Justice Team in general, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the church with Sanctuary Fund in the memo line. If you would like to make a non-tax-deductible donation to the family directly, you can send a check made out to Allie Gassmann at 1700 Princeton Dr., Columbia, MO 65203. This money will go on a joint account from which the family’s expenses will be paid directly.

If you would like to get involved on the team, please contact Dave or Allie

Dave Gibbons – email
Allie Gassmann – email
Co-chairs, Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice Team