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Neighbors Exchange: Bethel World Outreach Church

Posted by meganmoriarty on May 14, 2009

Rev. Warner at Bethel

Rev. Warner at Bethel

In collaboration with the Metropolitan  Community Development Corporation, the Neighbors Campaign hosted a Neighbors Exchange at Bethel World Outreach Church on Tuesday night. To introduce the congregation to the Campaign, Rev. Tim Warner spoke at the Church’s bible study on May 6th and invited them to the Neighbors Exchange.

On Tuesday night, over 20 members of the  church attended the Neighbors Exchange and we all shared questions and resources. In the large circle, the dominant theme was how we could support our undocumented neighbors. Joan was able to dispel myths and let everyone know that HHS does not report immigration status to the federal government and that even without documentation families may qualify for some services. We all agreed that one thing we could all do is to share the information we learned about government services – especially the motto: “when in doubt, apply!”

Patricia, Diana and Jeli

Patricia, Diana and Jeli

Patricia, a pharmacist and professor at Howard University and member of Bethel, offered what she knows about how to become a pharmacy technician. Francis from Bethel had some good questions about “green” opportunities for small business owners. He was able to meet Manny Hidalgo from the Latino Economic Development Corporation who is tracking how the federal stimulus money for that initiative will be used in Maryland.

Patricia, a Community Connector from Gaithersburg, joined us as well and she connected with Willy who is interested in the Neighbor Circle idea. She shared her experience hosting one in her complex and encouraged him to do the same.

Thanks to our resource partners from: Health and Human Services, the Latino Economic Development Corporation, the Primary Care Coalition and Montgomery Works.

And thanks to Jayne Park and Amie Jallah for having the vision to see where all of our goals overlap and helping connect this congregation to the Campaign!

Finally, we were able to corral everyone for a group picture 🙂

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