Sanctuary/Asylum Newsletter – January 2024

Sanctuary Coalition of Southern New Hampshire

It’s January.  And more than that, it’s 2024.  The wheel of life continues to turn even if I’m not ready. Our Sanctuary/Asylum committee has worked this year to help Chris determine his next step in his asylum journey.  We are happy for him that he is now in KY with his brother and wife and their five children. That gave us the opportunity to look for and accept a new asylum seeker.  He moved into the church last month and is getting acquainted with Manchester.  He is fluent in English and has recently worked at translating documents from English to Arabic, and vice versa.  Welcome “Frank” to our S/A network.

I’m sending this Newsletter on Sunday, the day of the Big Snowstorm, which didn’t turn out to be so big. 

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 our guest 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.  Alternately, the cards can be dropped off at church during our new church administrator’s hours, M-F, 8am-12 noon. Her name is Amy. You should call her first to be sure she is in office: 603-625-6854.  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 church administrator, Amy (603-625-6854) or Liz Alcauskas (703-447-5701). Credit card donations can be made by going to uumanchester.org.  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 703-447-5701.  Thank you for your anticipated donation.