St. Monica CARE Program
CONFIDENTIAL ACCOMPANIMENT for MIGRANTS & REFUGEES
St. Monica Parish has responded to an initiative of the United States Catholic Bishops being piloted in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The Archdiocesan pilot is called "CARE" which stands for "Catholic Accompaniment and Reflection Experience."
The Bishops have two goals in this initiative:
1. To provide protection for and solidarity with migrants and refugees, who are among our most vulnerable brothers and sisters
2. To CALL all Catholics to "walk with" these most vulnerable brothers and sisters as the single most effective way to promote their dignity and to minister to them in the name of Jesus Christ - to learn from them , to defend and protect their dignity, to provide for their civil, spiritual, and physical need, to stand with them, to recognize and LOVE our own brothers and sisters from beyond the United States.
How you can be involved...
You can sign up to be on an email list that will send you an email notification according to your own wishes to be involved...
- PRAYER - we send you prayer requests if you sign up for this
- COURT ACCOMPANIMENT - we let you know when someone needs accompaniment and/or transportation, most often to traffic court or immigration court appointments in Indianapolis and Chicago
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - we send requests for money if you sign up for this
- FOOD - we send you food needs and how to contribute food
- CHILD CARE - we send you invitations to help us sponsor FUN "respite events" for Temporary Foster Families hosting unaccompanied minors
- FRIENDSHIP - we let you know when someone could just use a friend who checks in on them once in a while and knows their needs
- TRANSLATION - we often need persons who can translate for someone who does not speak English - most often we need persons who are bilingual in French/English or Spanish/English
- TEMPORARY FOSTER PARENTING or RESPITE CARE - these are managed by Bethany Christian Services, a partner with the Archdiocese in providing CARE: through Bethany you can apply to become a temporary Foster Parent or Respite Caregiver for the migrant children in our care
Your commitment is almost entirely by invitation and response. If you would like to be more involved, the CARE Team is planning quarterly meetings for the upcoming year. We also hope to begin a quarterly newsletter to all who are involved.
We have had our CARE program officially for almost a year, and so far we have supported around a dozen different persons and their families.