Sanctuary/Asylum January Update, 2022

The New Year has begun, and we have a happy update this month!

Ben, our first asylum guest, was able to visit his family, who successfully fled the Congo and is now living in Uganda.  He recently went to Boston to celebrate friend’s birthday. His New Year’s wish is to secure employment in banking, and to bring his family to the United States.

With help from the Immigrant network, Jon has finally received an official copy of his Cuban birth certificate.  This has not been an easy task since their government agency has been closed for many months. Furthermore, no mail can be sent directly from Cuba to the United States. He will now be able to apply for a Green Card.  The application fee is $1,225, and our Sanctuary Asylum Program, which you have long supported, has helped with this cost. 

Chris has just returned from a Christmas visit with his brother and family who live in Kentucky.  After a bus trip of more than 24 hours, it was a joy to spend time with his brother and five nieces and nephews. While visiting, Chris’ sister-in-law– who has not been well– was able to receive a needed blood transfusion.  On the day he returned to Manchester, he learned she was being discharged from the hospital! 

So, it is now a new year.  We are all concerned about the state of affairs in which we are living.  What keeps you working towards a more loving caring community?  For some of us, this is spiritual work.  For some of us, it is religious work.  For some of us, it is our calling.  We all continue to extend our hands to those in need. Together, we are making a difference. 

We on the Sanctuary/Asylum Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester thank you all for your work, your support, and your donations.

Here are some of the ways you can continue to support our Sanctuary/Asylum network:

We accept Market Basket gift cards and checks to help support Chris as his case slowly works through the courts.  Gift cards must be bought in-store, but then can be mailed to UU Manchester c/o Asylum Committee at UU Manchester, 669 Union St. Manchester NH 03104.  Or, the cards can be dropped off at church during our new church administrator’s hours, M-F, 8am-12 noon. Her name is Amy.  Checks can be sent to the above address. Designate Asylum in the memo line and if your donation is for general support, specific support for legal fees, or specifically for food.  We are a 501(C)3 organization, so your donations are tax-deductible. If you have any questions, contact our new church administrator, Amy (603-625-6854) or Liz Alcauskas (703-447-5701). Credit card donations can be made by going to  1. click on “Give” OR 2. Click on “Please Donate today” in the yellow ribbon on top of the page. In either case, the Planned Giving page will appear. 3. Scroll down to Donate and click on the DONATE button. 4. Be sure to find the “write a note” section and  designate your donation is for the Asylum Fund. If you have any questions, call Liz at 703-447-7701.  Thank you for your anticipated donation.

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