According to SanctuaryNotDeportation.org’s January report, 36 people are currently in public sanctuary in the U.S. In response to this growing crisis and with the awareness that there can be substantial costs associated with this unique ministry, the Massachusetts Conference has created the Sanctuary Churches Fund to support the sanctuary ministry of Conference churches actively hosting individuals.
In addition to helping Sanctuary Churches provide shelter, food, clothing, and other basic necessities to individuals in sanctuary, these funds may also be used by hosting churches to assist their families since they too are living with loss of income and increased expenses. Funded by donations from congregations and individuals responding to the call to care for neighbor, the Sanctuary Churches Fund will be overseen and administered by the Immigration and Refugee Task Team of the Conference’s Justice and Witness Ministry Council.
To donate, please make your check payable to MACUCC, note that the contribution is for the Sanctuary Churches Fund, and send to: Massachusetts Conference, UCC, One Badger Road, Framingham, MA, 01702; or donate through our website here.
Please be aware that if – God willing! – there comes a time when there is no longer a need for the Sanctuary Churches Fund, all remaining monies in the Fund will be transferred to the Massachusetts Conference special fund that assists churches affected by natural disasters.