New Start Ministry
October 25, 2021
Because everyone deserves a New Start!
Today's Newsletter:

  • NSM Volunteer Resources
  • Training videos now available!
  • Google Calendar Link
  • Members link on website
  • Bookworms: recommended reading
  • Upcoming Events
  • Webinar: Who are the Afghan Newcomers?
  • Coming Soon: 10K Fundraiser!
  • IRIS Update: Coming to Connecticut
  • Weekly Inspiration:
  • The Shape of a Human
  • Donate!
  • Connect with us: FB, IG, Website
Co-Sponsorship Training Videos
By clicking on the above link, you will be taken to the private Co-Sponsorship Training YouTube page containing three videos (Day 1 from August 31, Day 2 from May 26, Day 3 from May 27). Time stamps are provided below the video to denote the sections of each day's training.
To receive credit for undergoing training through the videos, viewers will need to click on the link in the description (under "Show More") to take a quiz after each video.
Live Post-Videos Q&A via Zoom

To help answer questions and concerns you may have after watching the videos, Ann O'Brien and Greg Marino are setting aside an hour on select Friday afternoons and Tuesday evenings through Tuesday, November 23. They are also offering a Q&A session on Saturday morning, October 16 at 10AM. Please register for one of these sessions through this link:

Friday, October 8 - 2PM
Tuesday, October 12 - 6PM
Saturday, October 16 - 10AM
Tuesday, October 19 - 6PM
Friday, October 22 - 2PM
Friday, October 29 - 2PM
Tuesday, November 2 - 6PM
Friday, November 5 - 2PM
Tuesday, November 9 - 6PM
Friday, November 12 - 2PM
Tuesday, November 16 - 6PM
Friday, November 19 - 2PM
Tuesday, November 23 - 6PM
Team Training

Q: I took this training when we settled our last family. Do I need to take it again?
A: YES! Please sign up ASAP!

Mark your calendars: Oct. 25-27th, 5:30-7:30pm.

Register online now!

Oct. 25-27th, 5:30-7:30pm each evening, via Zoom (link to come)

To access the team Google Calendar, click the image above!
Save the Date
Who are the Afghan Newcomers?
Understanding the Background and Socio-Cultural Strengths and Needs of Afghan Evacuees to the United States
Tuesday, October 26, 2:00-3:30PM ET

What will this webinar cover?
This webinar will provide an overview of events leading to the displacement of Afghan newcomers to the U.S. (also known as evacuees from Afghanistan). It will also cover the social and cultural aspects that distinguish this population from other refugee groups in the United States. This foundational information will help participants be better positioned to properly support newly arrived Afghans through services that align with their socio-cultural strengths and needs. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel composed of qualified experts on the topic.

Is this webinar for me?
This webinar will be useful for all resettlement service providers who will be working with incoming Afghan clients, including humanitarian parolees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, and others. The webinar will also be beneficial for community members who are interested in learning about the latest developments in Afghanistan and the various intersecting struggles Afghan new arrivals may face post-resettlement, for the purposes of easing and facilitating their transition to life in the U.S.

Why should I participate?
After participating in this 90-minute session, you will be able to:  

  • Define “Afghan newcomers” and recognize the events that have led to their displacement;
  • Name basic cultural guidelines related to “do’s” and “don’ts” when interacting with Afghan clients;
  • Name expectations and misconceptions about resettlement services in the United States that you may encounter among Afghan clients; and
  • Communicate with the Afghan newcomers more effectively using provided tips and guidelines.

BIG EVENT Coming Soon: NSM 10K Fun(d)raiser
more details coming soon...
What's inspiring us this week
We all have different things that led us to join
New Start Ministry.
What’s yours?

Financial donations go a long way in securing safe housing, filling the refugees’ new home with necessities for daily living, providing assistance with bills as the family learns English and the adults gain employment, buying school supplies, and so much more.

Financial donations can be sent to:
New Start Ministry
℅ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
P.O.Box 5002
Woodbury, CT 06798

Please make checks out to:
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
with "New Start Ministry" in the memo line. 

Online giving is easy, safe, and secure!
Select "Misc. Gift" and type "NSM"
Online gifts can be one time or recurring.


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