Immigrant family moves to apartment

Lilly and the kids have moved into their duplex. Thank you for your generosity in donating household items and helping with the move!

The move into their own apartment is another huge step, but the last step is another big one. Lilly needs to learn to drive, and she will need a car. If you are willing to help Lilly learn to drive, and/or if you have a car to sell at a low price, please let us know.

It will probably still be some time until Lilly can be independent in her transportation needs.
There is an increased need for drivers.

There is a loyal small group of drivers doing a lot of the transportation, but they need backup drivers sometimes. Lilly needs transportation to and from work, and drivers are needed to 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.

May 26, 2022 was the anniversary of UUCC welcoming Lilly, Manuel and Lakshmi to Columbia and committing to their sponsorship. We are so grateful for the generosity of Christine Heath for having offered her home to the family for more than a year. One of the goals of sponsorship, however, is to help immigrants transition to independence. If Lilly did not have children, she would be well on her way. However, when we agreed to sponsor a single mom with two small children, we knew transitioning to independence would be more challenging. Consequently, our sponsorship of the family will need to continue in order to assist with rent, utilities, childcare and transportation.

We would greatly appreciate your financial
contributions to our sponsorship efforts!

If you would like to support the work of the Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice Team, which currently includes our sponsorship of the family, 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 payable Allie Gassmann at 1700 Princeton Dr., Columbia, MO 65203. This money will go into a joint account from which the family’s expenses will be paid directly.

If you would like to get involved on the team, please email either co-chair, Dave Gibbons or Allie Gassmann.