Messiah Lutheran Church is preparing to accompany a family seeking asylum in the United States.  People seek asylum “because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”  As a part of accompanying such a family as they hope to be granted asylum, Messiah will host the family at Messiah House, a building on the property of the church.  The building is being refurbished to include a shower, and several other repairs and improvements that would be needed or helpful.


We presently have three ecumenical partners in this effort:

We also have a $5,000 congregational  renewal grant from the New England Synod of the ELCA.


The team leading this effort under the guidance of Doreen Rinas  includes Marjorie and Richard Ball, Karl Hester, Kim Kasmar, Linnea Micciulla, and David Rinas. 


Providing Housing for the Family


The first phase of our sponsorship involves preparing Messiah house and the surrounding area for occupancy.  This work has been done so far with the help of Marjorie and Richard Ball, Bob and Dianne Bonfiglio, Bryan and Melissa Clickner, Harold Chuchul, Michelle DeMello, Mark and Teri Drake, Steve and Kim Kasmar, Glenn De Noble, Karl Hester, Paul Introcaso, Brian and Roxanne Meldrum, Bernie Mizula, Rande Neukam, Gail and Jean Pituck, Ray and Joanne Theil, Eric Reitter, David and Doreen Rinas, Lynn and David Schur.


The projects have been

  • Removing stored items from the house

  • Staining and painting the front and back steps

  • Removing weeds and moss from the front sidewalk

  • Building interior walls

  • Removing risers and old carpet

  • Removing trash and mitigating mold in the basement

  • Painting walls and ceilings

  • Cleaning the premises several times

  • Providing and moving furniture, refrigerator, washer and dryer

  • Removing an overgrown tree

  • Electrical work


Tasks still to be completed include

  • Plumbing and final installation of the shower

  • Installation of the floor in the shower room

  • Repairs of cabinets in the great room

  • Painting the ceiling in the great room

  • Repair and Painting of the walls

  • Final cleaning of the house


Professional Contractors


Financial Donations

We are so thankful for the many people at all four partner congregations who have given money through their respective churches.  Your generosity has allowed us to move forward with the repairs and renovations and has given us a good reserve for accompanying the family when they arrive.  Total donations so far are over $17,000!  Thank you!

Hoping to meet & interact with our potential asylum seeker family? 


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