An organizing meeting will be held on Sunday, October 31 immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist for those interested in serving on Trinity’s Neighborhood Support Team (NST) to help resettle Afghan evacuees. At the meeting, those interested will discuss the role and expectations of NST’s and how volunteers can best help with this effort. Please click HERE to learn more about the Roles & Responsibilities of NST’s. If you are interested in learning more please simply stay in the Nave after worship.
Trinity’s NST will work closely with Ascentria which is working to help settle 300 Afghans in Worcester. NST’s are responsible for finding/providing housing and accompanying the individual or family through every aspect of settling in the community (navigating education, healthcare, shopping, paperwork, transportation etc.). NST’s should expect to spend at least 40 hours a week (the combined hours of all volunteers) working with whoever they are matched with.
Housing is a priority! There are more than 50,000 Afghans who are currently being housed at military bases throughout the United States. They can not be relocated UNTIL housing is secured. We can not help to resettle anyone until we are able to provide housing. As an NST, we are responsible for identifying and paying for housing. Do you know anyone who is a landlord, has a vacant in-law apartment or a 2nd property? As an NST, we would sign a lease for at least 6 months so we can guarantee rent for a landlord. *Please note that we are NOT currently able to currently collect or store furniture, clothing or household goods for any Afghan families at Trinity.
Jesus said: “I was a foreigner and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). Whatever we do to welcome Afghan refugees is an act of love towards Jesus. We are being invited to step out of our comfort zones in order to welcome strangers who are our siblings in Christ. Together, we can do this!
Please contact Pastor Nathan for more details.