Immigrant and Refugee Support Group

Immigrant and Refugee Support Group

Here are some key tasks members of this group focus on:

  • Supporting the Maranatha Indonesian UCC church in person by visiting them on the first Sunday of the month for their English service. No experience necessary. If you get to know someone with an open case you could write a letter of support for them which could help persuade the judge to decide in their favor.
  • Although membership in the Maranatha Indonesian UCC has rebounded some since the 2011 deportations people with revocable immigration statuses are feeling threatened again. Send letters of encouragement to their congregation at 18 Town Hall Rd Madbury, NH 03823.
  • Pastor Sandra says, "When you make the choice to call your Members of Congress and Senators, those calls make a difference." The persistence of a small active group is needed!
  • The public needs to know about the benefits of welcoming immigrants. You could host an educational event at your church or attend a rally.
  • The group has recently has organized to provide financial support for immigrants detained in NH. Download the fundraising letter to learn more. 

    Join the Immigrant and Refugee Support Group and learn!

    Nancy Pape
    NHCUCC Immigrant and Refugee Support Group, chair

Meeting Schedule 

The next meeting of the Immigrant and Refugee Support Group will be:

Friday, May 3, 2019, 10 AM - 12 PM at the
New Hampshire Conference Center
140 Sheep Davis Road
Pembroke, NH

Update on the Immigrant and Refugee Support Group Bond Fund - December 2018

The NHCUCC Immigrant and Refugee Support Group (IRSG) has created a bond fund to free immigrants from detention at the Strafford County jail in Dover.
Already the fund has been used many times to reunite immigrants with their families and to give them an opportunity to make strong cases for asylum and other legal remedies. The fund is getting low and your contributions are needed!
You can make a check payable to NHCUCC ( "IRSG Bond Fund" on the memo line) and send to NH Conference UCC, 140 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, NH 03275. Or you can donate online at: Indicate your gift as "other" and designate the "IRSG Bond Fund."
Your contribution is tax deductible and will make a wonderful difference in the lives of our immigrant neighbors. Thank you!

Four-Day "Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice" was held in August 2018

New Hampshire faith leaders treked from Manchester to Dover in a four day "Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice". Father Samuel Fuller, OFM Cap, a Franciscan Friar serving at St. Anne-St. Augustin, Manchester's most diverse parish, said "Our walk will mirror the trip an immigrant who is detained by I.C.E. takes from the Federal Building to the Strafford County Jail and possible deportation. Sadly, this is a journey several of our parishioners have already made in shackles and in fear."

Follow up stories are available on the  event Facebook page.

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